Ranger Programs

Discovery Cart Program

Spring 2015

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.

Location Dates Schedule
Harkers Island Visitor Center All Year Harkers Island Schedule
Lighthouse Area March 30 to October 13 Lighthouse Area Schedule
Portsmouth Village April to November Portsmouth Village Schedule

For information on special event programs such as Junior Ranger Day, Horse Sense & Survival Guided Tours, and Family Fun Days, please visit the Special Events page.


Harkers Island

Daily Programs

Ribbon of Sand (film) (26 minutes or 16 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. Program is shown upon request at the Harkers Island Visitor Center. For your convenience this film is open captioned and audio described. Assistive listening devices are also available.


Cape Lookout Lighthouse Area

Programs are offered daily from May to September.

Lighting the Way (10:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 3:30 PM, 15 minutes) -- Learn the history of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and the life of a lighthouse keeper.
Location: Light Station Keepers’ Quarters Porch

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Portsmouth Village

Programs are offered June to September.

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Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

131 Charles St
Harkers Island, NC 28531


(252) 728-2250

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