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Contact: Wouter Ketel, (252) 728-2250 Ext. 3005
Harkers Island, North Carolina. Superintendent Russ Wilson announces the following summer activities during the month of August at Cape Lookout National Seashore. Additional programs may be offered. Programs will run on schedule unless there is inclement weather. For more information on these programs and other program offerings call the Harkers Island Visitor Center at (252) 728-2250 for a complete schedule.
Cape Lookout Lighthouse
Lighting the Way (Daily, 15 minutes)
Come learn the history of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and the life of a lighthouse keeper. Programs begin at 10:15 AM, 1:15 PM, and 3:15PM on the porch of the Assistant Keepers’ Quarters next to the Lighthouse.
Life of a Keeper (Daily, 30 minutes) (no program on 8/20, 8/21, 8/27, 8/28)
Lighthouse Keepers were dedicated men and women who kept the lighthouse burning through fair weather and hurricanes. Come discover how they, and their families, managed to keep the light burning. Programs begin at 11:15 AM at the Light Station Pavilion near the ferry dock.
Storms, Wars & Shipwrecks (Tuesdays and Thursdays through August 16th; Tuesdays August 19th through August 26th, 30 minutes)
Nor'easters and Hurricanes, pirates and wars have all left behind stories and marks on the island that live long beyond those who lived through them. Join a Ranger to hear the stories of these past storms and how over 3000 ships and people were claimed by the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Programs begin at 2:15 PM at the Light Station Pavilion near the ferry dock.
Island Explorations (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, through August 16th; Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday August 17th through August 31st, 30 minutes)
Come join a Park Ranger for new adventures at Cape Lookout National Seashore. From the ocean to the sound and from the sea to the sky, these programs will take you on a different encounter with nature each day. Programs begin at 1:15 PMat the Light Station Pavillion near the ferry dock.
Discovery Cart (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through August 16th; Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday August 17th through August 31st, 30 minutes)
Come and discover what lies beneath the waters of Cape Lookout National Seashore at our Discovery Cart. Learn about horseshoe crabs, loggerhead sea turtles, sea urchins, sharks, whales, shells and the creatures of that live within them, and much more! Programs begin at 2:15 PM at the Light Station Pavilion near the ferry dock.
Ranger Story Time (August 9th and August 23rd, 30 minutes)
Need a break from the hot sun and wind? Why not join the Ranger in the shade shelter for a short program of fun stories for children and their favorite adult. Programs begin at 1:30 PM at the Light Station Pavilion near the ferry dock.
Shoreline Walk (August 9th and August 23rd, 45 minutes)
Come explore the underwater world of Cape Lookout Bight. Discover live sand dollars, sea stars and hermit crabs using glass bottom buckets for a look beneath the waters. Programs begin at 1:00 PM on the sound-side beach near the Lighthouse Keeper’s Summer Kitchen.
Fishing with a Ranger (August 2nd, August 16th, and August 30th, 1 hour)
Join a ranger and other fishing enthusiasts to learn the art of surf fishing. We provide poles, water and instruction. Catching fish is up to you. An adult must accompany participants 13 and younger during this program. Programs begin at 2:00 PM at the ocean beach overlook at the end of the boardwalk.
Barrier Island Ecology (Programs are Tuesday and Thursday through August 14th, 1 hour)
Join the North Carolina Coastal Federation for an educational walk from the estuary to the ocean. Learn about animal and plant adaptations for life on the barrier island, the constant migration of these barrier islands, and environmental issues the Cape Lookout National Seashore faces today. All ages are welcome. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, clothing, and appropriate sun-gear. Programs begin at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM at the Light Station Pavilion near the ferry dock.
Tidal Flat Exploration (August 11th, and August 13th, 1 hour)
Join the North Carolina Coastal Federation to explore tidal flats and search for wanderers, burrowers, and hunters that call these sandy areas home. Discover the survival techniques of whelks, worms, wentletraps, and other marine creatures. Wear shoes to protect your feet and be prepared to get wet. Dates and times of programs: August 11, 9 AM; August 13, 11 AM. Programs start at the Light Station Pavilion near the ferry dock.