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    Fort Raleigh

    National Historic Site North Carolina

National Park Service Spring 2010 Program Schedule Announced

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Date: April 23, 2010
Contact: National Park Service, 252-473-2111 

Learn more about your National Parks while visiting the Outer Banks this spring!

Beginning May 1, the National Park Service Outer Banks Group will be providing scheduled public programs for the spring at Wright Brothers National Memorial, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Cape Hatteras National Seashore. These spring program schedules will run through May 27.

Learn about the Wright brothers, their flight experimentation and success at the Wright Brothers National Memorial Flight Room Talk (30 minutes) each weekday at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The movie, How Strong is the Wind (40 minutes), will be shown daily at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, Flight Room Talk is offered at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Fun with Flight, a kids’ kite-building and flying program, will be offered at 2 p.m. The movie, How Strong is the Wind (40 minutes), will be shown daily at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Children can earn aJunior Flight Ranger patch – just ask for a booklet at the visitor center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

1587: The Colony, a 30-minute examination of the theories of the fate of the Lost Colony, will be presented at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site weekdays at noon, as staff is available. Children are invited to participate in the Junior Roanoke Ranger program, offered every day. Check at the temporary visitor center for a workbook to earn a patch, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore will offer a variety of programs that focus on the islands’ natural and cultural history. Additionally, children can earn a Junior Seashore Ranger badge by completing activities in a booklet available at every seashore visitor center, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

At the Bodie Island Visitor Center, visitors can join two 30-minute programs which start on the back porch. Sentinel of the Shore, a program about the Bodie Island Lighthouse will be given daily 11 a.m.; Marsh Discovery Walk will take place daily at 2 p.m. Each program is approximately 30 minutes.

On Hatteras Island, all programs run approximately 30 minutes and start at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Pavilion in Buxton. Sentinel of the Shore, a program on the iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be given daily at 10:30 a.m. Barrier Island Nature, a talk about the natural "wild side" of the seashore will be presented daily at 2:30 p.m.

On Ocracoke Island, join in on these 30-minute programs at the Ocracoke Visitor Center: Outer Banks History, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 11 a.m.; and Barrier Island Nature at 11 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The 30-minute Banker Ponies will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday – meet at the Pony Pen.

A full range of summer talks, walks and activities will be offered throughout the National Park Service Outer Banks Group sites May 28 through Labor Day. The summer program schedule is posted on park websites: Cape Hatteras National Seashore,

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