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 Astronomy Night, Horse Sense & Survival Guided Tours or the Evening at the Cape please visit the Special Events page.

Summer 2021 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

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Saturday, August 21, 2021
Program times are: 10 am to noon; 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Come join us for short programs given throughout the day on some of our most asked about park creatures.
Programs cover Sea Turtles and/or other reptiles and amphibians of the park.


Beaufort Visitor Information Center

Programs offered on select dates,
Note: ferry fees apply to programs taking place on Shackleford Banks

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Saturday, August 21, 2021:
Come join us in Grayden Paul Park across from the visitor center (Old Beaufort Post Office) for short programs given throughout the day on Sea Turtles and/or other reptiles and amphibians of the park. Park staff will be available from 10:00 am to noon, and then again from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Sundays, (through Sunday, September 5)
Art of the New Deal
(Program meets in Beaufort Town Hall – Front Street Entrance; 2:00 p.m.; Sundays, beginning July 11 – September 5)

Calling all art enthusiasts! Discover the murals painted for the old Beaufort Post Office and still hanging in the front entrance which capture moments of our local maritime history. These nationally treasured murals were painted as part of the art of the New Deal era by artist Simka Simkhovitch. Locals who have grown up with the murals are encouraged to attend (and share their memories).


Portsmouth Village

Programs are offered June to September

Programs temporarily unavailable until further notice

Last updated: July 10, 2021

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131 Charles St
Harkers Island , NC 28531


252 728-2250

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