Ranger Programs

Discovery Cart Program

What happened to the first Cape Lookout lighthouse? How do the wild horses survive on a barrier island? What is a lightering port? Why do most sea turtles lay their nests at night? What was life like on the Outer Banks in wartime?

Discover the answers to these questions and many more during an interpretive talk or on a guided walking tour. Join a park ranger or volunteer for an insider's view of Cape Lookout National Seashore. All programs are free of charge.

Programs will run on schedule unless there is inclement weather. Additional programs may be offered. Check at one of the Visitor Centers or call 252-728-2250 for a complete schedule and more information.

For information on special event programs such as Horse Sense & Survival Guided Tours or the Evening at the Cape please visit the Special Events page.

Summer 2019 Schedule

Harkers Island Visitor Center | Cape Lookout Lighthouse Area
Beaufort Visitor Information Center & Shackleford Banks | Portsmouth Village


Harkers Island Visitor Center

Ribbon of Sand [film] (Daily, upon request, 26 minutes)
Through the imagery of this film, including spectacular aerial and underwater photography, you will travel through the Cape Lookout ecosystem from the sound side marshes and estuaries to the thin protective line of islands of the Outer Banks and the ocean depths beyond. For your convenience this film is open captioned. Assistive listening devices are available for enhanced listening and audio description.


Cape Lookout Lighthouse Area

Programs are offered from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend

Ranger programs are a great way to learn more about the park. Meet the Ranger at the Pavilion in front of the Light Station Visitor Center Wednesday through Sunday at the times below. Check the Ranger Activity Board when you arrive at at the park for the program topics that day. Come learn something new!

10:30 am - a 20-minute presentation in the Pavilion covering various aspects of the park.

2:30 pm - a 45-minute activity such as a beach walk or interactive demonstration.


Beaufort Visitor Information Center

Programs offered on select dates,
Note: ferry fees apply to Rove with a Ranger

  • Fridays (June 21 - August 30), 9:15 AM -- Rove with a Ranger -- Explore Shackleford Banks with a Park Ranger as we look for the island's wild horses or one of the island's many sea birds. Come prepared for the adventure by bringing water, snacks, binoculars/camera, sunscreen, bug spray, and a pair of water shoes. Come for the walk, stay and enjoy the day on the Shackleford beaches at your leisure. Meet the Ranger at the Island Express Ferry Service ticket booth in Beaufort (600 Front Street), purchase ferry tickets for the 9:30 am ferry.
  • Sundays (June 23 - September 1), 2:00 PM -- The Art of the New Deal - Have you looked up in the lobby of the old Beaufort Post Office to the murals on the walls? Come join us and discover the history and mysteries of these 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).

Portsmouth Village

Programs are offered June to September

Last updated: June 4, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

131 Charles St
Harkers Island, NC 28531


(252) 728-2250

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