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Contact: B.G. Horvat, 252-728-2250, ext. 3014
HARKERS ISLAND, NC – Cape Lookout National Seashore offers family-friendly programming for all ages interested in experiencing the Southern Outer Banks with a knowledgeable Park Ranger. The Autumn program season has begun and runs through November 26, 2017. A variety of programs are offered and are FREE (excluding any applicable ferry fees to the program destination).
Harkers Island Visitor Center:
- Sunday, October 15, 8:00 A.M. - Wild Horse Sense 101
Ever wondered about the wild lifestyle of the Shackleford Banks horses? Please join our Equine Biologist, Dr. Sue Stuska, for a special one hour talk on Sunday morning in Harkers Island Visitor Center Theater. Then, become a horse detective by joining Ranger Kathleen for a walking excursion on the east end of Shackleford Banks in an effort to try and track and observe some of the wild herd.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling 252-728-2250, extension 0. Next, you will need to contact the Island Express Ferry Service at 252-728-7433 to purchase a ticket for the 9:15 A.M. ferry (Ranger Kathleen will return at 11:15 A.M., but feel free to return later, as you desire).
Prepare for this indoor/outdoor opportunity by bringing water, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, and binoculars. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and shoes that can get muddy and be prepared to walk the beach and portions of the salt marsh to try and witness the horses.
Beaufort Visitor Information Center:
- Sundays, 2:00 P.M. (October 8 - November 26) - The Art of the New Deal
Calling all art enthusiasts! Join Ranger Kathleen to discover the history and mysteries of the old Beaufort Post Office murals, and the fascinating life story of the artist that created these national treasures. If you live here locally and have grown up with the murals, please consider coming in to share your memories! (30 minute talk).
- Select Fridays, 8:45 A.M. (October 13, 27, and November 10) - Shackleford Exploration
Ready to do some exploring? Join Ranger Kathleen for a morning walk on Shackleford Banks. The fall is the perfect time of year to see what birds are flying and where the horses might be hiding.
Meet at the Beaufort Visitor Information Center by 8:45 A.M. In conjunction with the park’s authorized passenger ferry concessionaire, Island Express Ferry Services, the group will depart Beaufort for Shackleford Banks, via the 9:00 A.M. ferry. The hike will last for approximately two hours; however, you may remain on the Barrier Island until the last boat of the day.
Prepare for this Ranger-led adventure by bringing water, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, and binoculars. Please consider weather-appropriate clothing and shoes that can get muddy and be prepared to walk the beach.Reservations are required for the passenger ferry and can be made in-person on the day of the excursion, ahead of time on the web: www.islandexpressferryservices.com, or by calling the Island Express Ferry Services’ ticket office at (252) 728-7433. For more information, go to: http://go.nps.gov/rangerprograms.