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Critters of the Night

Great Horned Owl

Rescheduled to November 10th due to Hurricane Sandy

Date: Saturday, November 10th
Time: 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

When the sun sets and many creatures are going to sleep, others are just waking up. Discover some of the mysterious animals which make the park come alive in the dark of the night.

All activities are free to the public and will take place at Shell Point across from the Harkers Island Visitor Center.

Groups are asked to contact the park (252-728-2250 or e-mail us) to let us know how many people you plan to bring.


2012 activity schedule



Scales, Feathers, and Furs If you've never seen a night critter up close, this is your chance! The Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter is bringing three live animals for you to see. 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Dinner Break Bring your dinner and have a twilight picnic on the grounds or in the picnic area. 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Night Hike Conquer your fears and follow the Ranger in search of those animals that only come out at night. Bring your flashlight. 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Critters of the Sky Aries, the ram. Pisces, the fish. Serpens Cauda, the snake's head. Bring your binoculars and discover some of the many constellations named for animals. 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Fireside Chat Learn the truth about the lores and legends surrounding mysterious nighttime wildlife. Bring your chairs with you! 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Did You Know?

Portsmouth villagers stand on the steps of their newly completed church in 1915.

Portsmouth Village had as many as 685 people living there near its height in 1860. Buildings still standing there today include a church, Life-Saving Station, post office and school. Cape Lookout National Seashore More...