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December 02, 2013
Know Your Park Series Begins
The National Park Service Outer Banks Group Know Your Park citizen science program series continues this winter with upcoming scheduled presentations.

August 20, 2013
August 25 is Founders Day - Visit Your National Park
Sunday, August 25, 2013 is National Park Service Founders Day and Superintendent Barclay Trimble invites the public to experience their national parks here on the Outer Banks. The day will be a “fee free” day at Wright Brothers National Memorial.

June 13, 2013
Open House for New Exhibits at Fort Raleigh NHS
Outer Banks Group Superintendent Barclay Trimble will be hosting an open house at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site Lindsay Warren Visitor Center on Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to showcase the facility’s new exhibits.

May 22, 2013
NPS Announces Summer Programs and Hours
Summer is almost upon us and the National Park Service Outer Banks Group is ready with a summer schedule full of a variety of programs for park visitors, including history talks, nature walks, recreational programs, and a multitude of children’s programs.

May 07, 2013
Freedmens Colony 150th Anniversary Commemorated
One hundred and fifty years ago, thousands of African-American slaves risked punishment, family separation, and even their lives to reach the freedom waiting for them on Roanoke Island.

May 02, 2013
Spring Program Schedule Announced
National Park Service Outer Banks Group (Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Cape Hatteras National Seashore) spring program season will run from Friday, May 3 through Friday, May 31, 2013.

April 24, 2013
Fort Raleigh Eastern National Bookstore Receives Customer Service Award
Superintendent Barclay Trimble is pleased to announce the Bodie Island Visitor Center bookstore recently received Eastern National’s 2012 Customer Service Award.

April 23, 2013
Volunteering at The Fort
Volunteering at The Fort National Volunteer Week is April 21-27, 2013

April 22, 2013
NPS Honors Park Volunteers
During National Volunteer Week, April 21-27, the National Park Service Outer Banks Group celebrates the volunteers that work at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. This past year, these volunteers donated a total of 18,140 hours!

April 19, 2013
National Park Week Fun Facts
The Outer Banks Group parks--Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial-- are special places with special stories.

April 19, 2013
Celebrate National Junior Ranger Day - April 20 2013
Outer Banks Group Superintendent Barclay Trimble invites children throughout the Outer Banks to take part in National Junior Ranger Day at their local national park sites on Saturday, April 20.

April 12, 2013
Celebrate National Park Week! April 20 - 28, 2013
During this year’s National Park Week, April 20-28, Superintendent Barclay Trimble invites the public to experience their national parks across the country, and those here on the Outer Banks; Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial.

April 12, 2013
Fort Raleigh NHS General Management Plan Public Comment Period
Acting Superintendent Darrell Echols announced today the National Park Service is accepting public review and comments for sixty days through June 4, 2013 on the draft General Management Plan (GMP) for Fort Raleigh National Historic Site (FORA).

April 02, 2013
New Visitor Center Exhibits Enrich the Visitor Experience
As part of the on-going improvements to the Lindsay Warren Visitor Center at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site Visitor Center, the second phase of upgrades began this week and includes the installation of new exhibits.

February 18, 2013
Know Your Park Series - Roanoke Island Freedmens Colony
The National Park Service Outer Banks Group Know Your Park citizen science program series continues this winter with an upcoming presentation.

August 13, 2012
Park Celebrates Virginia Dare 425th Birthday
The National Park Service will offer special programs to help visitors better understand the role the date of August 18th plays in the history of the Lost Colony.

June 25, 2012
National Park Service Summer Programs Have Started
Summer programs started last week at the National Park Service Outer Banks Group. A wide variety of programs are being offered. Summer programs will run from June 9 – August 17, 2012. The summer program schedules include history talks, nature walks, and recreational programs such as surf fishing, cast netting, crabbing, seining, and snorkeling.

April 17, 2012
Be A National Park Service Junior Ranger
Be A National Park Service Junior Ranger! Celebrate National Junior Ranger Day – April 21, 2012

April 16, 2012
National Park Week is April 21 thru 29 2012
Visit Your National Park! National Park Week is April 21 – 29, 2012

February 03, 2012
150th Civil War Special Event
On Saturday, February 11, the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Roanoke Island will be commemorated by the National Park Service with a day of special programming at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. All programs are free.

February 03, 2012
150th Civil War Special Event Remembers the Battle of Roanoke Island
On Saturday, February 11, the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Roanoke Island will be commemorated by the National Park Service with a day of special programming at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. All programs are free.

February 01, 2012
The Civil War on Roanoke Island with Historian Drew Pullen
A National Park Service Outer Banks Group Know Your Park citizen science program on the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Roanoke Island will be presented by Drew Pullen on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 7 p.m. at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site Visitor Center near Manteo, NC. The program is free and will last approximately one hour.

October 04, 2011
NPS Host Archeological Excavations and Exhibit Opening
The National Park Service Outer Banks Group, in partnership with the First Colony Foundation and Friends of the Outer Banks History Center, announces the opening of a new exhibit, “Beneath the Sands: Past and Present Archaeology at Fort Raleigh” on Monday, October 10, 2011 at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site near Manteo, North Carolina.

August 17, 2011
Fort Raleigh NHS Celebrates Virginia Dare 424th Birthday
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site Celebrates Virginia Dare’s 424th Birthday

December 10, 2010
OUTER BANKS FACILITY MANAGER DENNIS MCGINNIS RETIRES
No abstract supplied.

November 09, 2010
NPS Honors Outer Banks Group Volunteers for 2010 Service
No abstract supplied.

October 28, 2010
NPS Visitor Facilities To Start Winter Schedule
No abstract supplied.

September 07, 2010
National Park Service Announces Fall 2010 Visitor Center/Lighthouse Hours and Program Schedule
No abstract supplied.

September 05, 2010
NPS Operations & Facilities Resume Normal Hours
Superintendent Mike Murray announced today that all park facilities and most areas in the Outer Bank Group have reopened to the public and normal operations and services have resumed.

September 04, 2010
Update on NPS Re-Openings
No abstract supplied.

September 02, 2010
Outer Banks Group Update, Sept. 2, 2010 1:00 p.m.
No abstract supplied.

September 01, 2010
Outer Banks Group Update, Sept. 1, 2010 12:00 p.m.
All park visitor centers in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial will close by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, and will remain closed until further notice.

August 31, 2010
NPS Visitor Centers, Campgrounds and Beach Closures as of Aug. 31, 2010, 2:00 p.m.
No abstract supplied.

August 04, 2010
Help Fort Raleigh National Historic Site Win a $100,000 Grant, Vote for "America's Favorite Park" Through August 31
No abstract supplied.

July 07, 2010
Local Youths Participate in NPS Youth Conservation Corps Program
For the second summer in a row, the National Park Service (NPS) Outer Banks Group has hired a group of local youth under the NPS Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program.

June 30, 2010
Summer 2010 Teacher Ranger Teachers Getting to Know Our National Parks
No abstract supplied.

May 24, 2010
National Park Service Summer Programs To Start - Centennial Initiative Funding Provides for Additional Programs and Program Season Extension
No abstract supplied.

May 24, 2010
Media Photo: Underwater Archeology near the Lost Colony
In conjunction with the National Park Service, Professor Gordon Watts from the Institute of Nautical Archeology, along with a team of archeologists are performing underwater archeology work near the Lost Colony complex.

May 19, 2010
NPS Hosts Archeological Excavations
No abstract supplied.

April 23, 2010
National Park Service Spring 2010 Program Schedule Announced
No abstract supplied.

April 19, 2010
Be a National Park Service Junior Ranger! Celebrate National Junior Ranger Day April 24, 2010
No abstract supplied.

April 15, 2010
NPS Salutes Outer Banks Group Volunteers
No abstract supplied.

January 21, 2010
National Parks Series by Ken Burns Returns to PBS This Month
The popular Ken Burns’ “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” series begins its encore PBS broadcast with the first episode airing on January 27, 2010. It will then appear on consecutive Wednesdays through March 3rd.

December 14, 2009
Outer Banks Group Administrative Offices and Fort Raleigh Visitor Center Temporarily Closed
No abstract supplied.

November 19, 2009
First Colony Foundation Archaeologists and NPS Conclude Successful Dig at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on Roanoke Island
No abstract supplied.

November 03, 2009
Wright Brothers National Memorial Volunteer Joe Hardman Celebrates 20 Years of Service
No abstract supplied.

October 27, 2009
Know Your Park Series Continues November 2 at Fort Raleigh NHS
No abstract supplied.

September 01, 2009
National Park Service Announces Fall Visitor Center/Lighthouse Hours and Program Schedule
No abstract supplied.

July 20, 2009
NPS Salutes Three Outer Banks Group Volunteers
No abstract supplied.

July 08, 2009
National Park Service Programs Enjoyed by Outer Banks Visitors
Each year, the National Park Service offers a wealth of free interpretive programs for visitors at the Outer Banks Group parks; Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial. Last year, these National Park Service sites, combined, gave 4,454 scheduled programs that were attended by over 226,000 visitors. Additionally, 58,220 visitors attended film presentations and 11,175 children were sworn in as Junior Rangers.

July 06, 2009
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site To Be Featured on PBS Program
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site will be featured on a new PBS series entitled “Time Team America”.

July 01, 2009
Teacher-Rangers Getting to Know Our National Parks
No abstract supplied.

June 15, 2009
Fee Free Summer Weekends at Wright Brothers National Memorial
No abstract supplied.

May 18, 2009
National Park Service Summer 2009 Programs To Start
No abstract supplied.

May 12, 2009
Paul Stevens Selected as Chief Ranger for Outer Banks Group
Superintendent Mike Murray announced today that long-time Outer Banks Group employee Paul K. Stevens has been selected as the next Chief Ranger for the Outer Banks. 

May 01, 2009
Outer Banks Group Begins Work on Projects at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial
No abstract supplied.

April 29, 2009
Outer Banks Group Receives Funding for Bodie Island Lighthouse and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site Renovations
No abstract supplied.

April 29, 2009
National Park Service 2009 Spring Program Schedule Announced
No abstract supplied.

April 24, 2009
National Park Service and Dare Community Crime Line
No abstract supplied.

April 21, 2009
Be A National Park Service Junior Ranger, April 25, 2009!
No abstract supplied.

March 16, 2009
Know Your Park: Dr. James Horn Speaks on Newest Research of the Lost Colony of Roanoke
No abstract supplied.

March 02, 2009
Hyde and Dare County Schools Participate in NPS Teacher Program
Hyde and Dare County Schools have signed agreements with the National Park Service Outer Banks Group to participate in a National Park Service teacher developmental program, “Teacher–Ranger–Teacher”, this coming summer.

January 20, 2009
OUTER BANKS GROUP VISITOR CENTERS CLOSE FOR WINTER STORM
As a winter storm sweeps across the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Superintendent Mike Murray announced that all Outer Banks Group visitor centers and Wright Brothers National Monument will be closed as of 2:30 p.m., January 20, 2009.

October 22, 2008
National Park Service 2008 Visitor Survey Card Reports
Superintendent Mike Murray announced today that the results of annual visitor surveys for Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial are available on-line. 

October 09, 2008
FACILITY MANAGER SELECTED FOR THE OUTER BANKS GROUP
No abstract supplied.

October 01, 2008
NPS Outer Banks Group Now Accepts Presidential $1 Coins
In compliance with the Presidential $1 Coin Act, the National Park Service Outer Banks Group units are now able to accept and dispense the Presidential $1 Coins in their business operations. 

August 29, 2008
NPS Announces Fall Program Schedule and Visitor Center Hours
The National Park Service Outer Banks Group will offer a variety of free ranger-led programs this fall at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

July 10, 2008
NPS-Power of Archaeology
Budding archeologists Donnie and Elizabeth Davis of Baltimore, MD unearth an artifact with the help of Fort Raleigh Ranger Rob Bolling at a National Park Service children's archaeology program this past Thursday.

March 03, 2008
Know Your Park Dr Charles Ewen to Speak on the Roanoke Colonists Presentation to be held at the Fort Raleigh NHS Visitor Center
As part of the Know Your Park citizen science program series, the National Park Service Outer Banks Group will host a presentation A Very Cold Case: A Progress Report on the Search for the Lost Colonists by Dr. Charles R. Ewen, Professor of Anthropology and Director of Archaeology Laboratories at East Carolina University. Drawing upon recent archaeological research Dr. Ewen will examine several theories concerning what happened to the colonists at Roanoke Island

November 20, 2007
Know Your Park Dr Randy Daniel to Speak on Archaeology and Ancient Cultures in the NC Coastal Plain Presentations to be held on Roanoke and Hatteras Islands
No abstract supplied.

September 11, 2007
Fire Destroys The Lost Colony Support Buildings Waterside Theatre Saved
In the early morning hours of September 11, 2007, a resident of Villa Dunes spotted a fire across the Roanoke Sound on the northern end of Roanoke Island and called 911. The famed Lost Colony’s maintenance shed and Irene Rains Costume Shop were in flames. All fire departments north of Oregon Inlet responded. The swift reaction of the fire fighters and Dare County Emergency Management saved the Waterside Theatre and remaining structures but the maintenance shed and costume shop were completely destroyed. 

August 29, 2007
Volunteer Opportunities at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
The National Park Service is seeking local area citizens to volunteer and help welcome visitors to this special place of American history. Volunteers serving at Fort Raleigh’s visitor center will meet people from around the world and offer hospitality and orientation services to the public.  As a “Volunteer-In-Park” or VIP, special stories of Roanoke Island and England’s first settlements in America are shared with park visitors.

August 02, 2007
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site General Management Plan Comment Period Extended
No abstract supplied.

June 18, 2007
Archeology presentations offered by First Colony Foundation at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
The public is invited to attend an evening of presentations about archeology and the Roanoke Voyages’ contributions to future colonization efforts.

June 11, 2007
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site to Hold Public Open House Meetings for General Management Plan Alternatives
No abstract supplied.

September 22, 2006
ARCHEOLOGICAL RESEARCH TAKES PLACE AT FORT RALEIGH NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
No abstract supplied.

August 15, 2006
Fort Raleigh NHS Auditorium Reopens
The National Park Service invites the public to the reopening of the Lindsay Warren Visitor Center auditorium at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on August 18, 2006.

May 08, 2006
National Park Service Summer Programs To Start
National Park Service summer programming at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Cape Hatteras National Seashore will start on Sunday, June 11, 2006.

March 03, 2006
NPS Honors Outer Banks Group Volunteers
This past week, the National Park Service Outer Banks Group honored its volunteers from Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial.

November 18, 2005
Park Service Appoints Superintendent At Outer Banks Group, NC.
No abstract supplied.

Did You Know?

De Bry's engravings of Indian chiefs

Roanoke Island has two towns, Manteo and Wanchese, both named after the native Algonquian Indians that were introduced in England.