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National Park Service Summer Programs To Start

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Date: May 8, 2006
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111

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. A wide variety of programs will be offered daily through Labor Day.

Program schedules are available on-line at each park’s website: Fort Raleigh NHS, www.nps.gov/fora; Wright Brothers NMEM, www.nps.gov/wrbr; and Cape Hatteras NS, www.nps.gov/caha. Program schedules are also listed in In the Park, the National Park Service Outer Banks summer newspaper available at any park visitor center.

Several of the programs offered are specifically designed for children such as “Flying Objects” at Wright Brothers NMEN, and “Especially for Kids” at Cape Hatteras NS. Anyone between the ages of 5 and 14 years can earn a Junior Ranger patch by going to programs and completing the park’s Junior Ranger booklet. Booklets describing Junior Ranger program requirements are available at each park’s visitor center.

The summer program schedule include history talks, nature walks, and, recreational programs such as crabbing, seining, and snorkeling. Evening campfire programs are offered at Cape Hatteras NS on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights at 8 p.m. A new program, “Dragonflies and Butterflies” traverses the edges of Seashore wetlands in search of these beautiful hunters and gatherers. The ever popular “Pirate Times” program is still offered at Ocracoke as well as the “Turtle Talk” at Bodie Island. The “Explorer Activity: Tour of the Collection” offered at Fort Raleigh NHS on July 11th, 18th, 25th and August 1st, 8th, 15th at 11 a.m. includes a walk through the park’s museum collections storage facility for a look at some very interesting artifacts. Get a taste of Outer Banks “vacationing” Wright brothers’ style in 1903 at the “Life at Kitty Hawk” program.

Two community volunteer groups offer programs. The Cape Hatteras Bird Club lead the park’s “Morning Bird Walk” near Ramp 44 at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday mornings, and the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club lead the “Let’s Go Fishing” program on Tuesday and Thursday at 8 a.m.

Check the program schedule for details.

Did You Know?

The glider with Big Kill Devil Hill in 1902

In 1902, the Wrights made 250 glides in just two days and tallied more than 1,000 glides in one month. From the hills, they perfected the art of soaring and control of the aircraft.