The Outer Banks Voice – OBX Seashore Updates and Programs at OBX National Parks

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NEWSLETTER CAPE CHRONICLE

OBX Seashore Updates and Programs at OBX National Parks

By Story submitted on September 12, 2022

Night driving (24 hours a day) will be permitted on many ramps designated for all-terrain vehicles (ORVs) starting the evening of September 15. (recreation.gov)

Cape Town Chronicle | September 12, 2022 | Number 97

Find out about night driving on the beach, the Bodie Island Lighthouse 150th Anniversary event, a beach cleanup event this Saturday and educational programs in the September 12, 2022 issue of the Cape Chronicle newsletter. Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Cape Chronicle e-newsletter provides short, timely and newsworthy content throughout the year.

Seaside Updates

  • Night driving (24 hours a day) will be permitted at many ramps designated for all-terrain vehicles (ORVs) starting the evening of September 15. times due to sea turtle nests, visit go.nps.gov/beachaccess on September 15. To purchase a Cape Hatteras National Seashore VHR permit, visit www.recreation.gov.
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore, in partnership with Outer Banks Forever and the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society, will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first lighting of the Bodie Island Lighthouse with a one-hour ceremony at 10 a.m. on October 1, 2022. [News Release]
  • The North Carolina Beach Buggy Association is coordinating a volunteer beach cleanup event from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 17. Anyone interested in participating in the cleanup can pick up trash bags at oceanside ORV ramps 2 through 55, and ramp 70. For more information, contact Tom Brueckner at [email protected]
  • Updates to educational program schedules at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial are listed in the events section below.
  • Text OBXBeachConditions to 77295 to sign up for beach-related weather and ocean alerts. Learn about beach and ocean safety at www.lovethebeachrespecttheocean.com.

Events

Cape Hatteras National Coast

Bodie Island Lighthouse Climb

  • Appointment: Wednesday to Saturday until Oct. 8, 2022. First ascent at 9 a.m. and last ascent at 5.40 p.m.
  • Details: Climbing tickets can only be purchased on the day of the planned ascent. Tickets are on sale Wednesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. Buy your tickets at www.recreation.gov/ticket/252034/ticket/10087143.

Bodie Island Educational Programs

Lighting the Way for 150 Years – Bodie Island Lighthouse

  • Appointment: Wednesday and Thursday at 11 a.m. (6 Sept.-6 Oct.)
  • Location: Meet on the back porch of the Warden’s Quarters.
  • The description: Discuss the details and history of this beautiful sentinel.

Shaping these barrier islands

  • Appointment: Wednesday and Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Sept. 6-Oct. 6)
  • Location: Meet on the back porch of the Warden’s Quarters.
  • The description: Wars, hurricanes and ocean currents have all impacted the shores of Cape Hatteras. Join us to learn more about some of these events and the changes they have brought to these islands.

Crab fishing with a Ranger

  • Appointment: Thursday at 9 a.m. (Sept. 6-Oct. 6)
  • The description: Ever wanted to try catching blue crabs? We bring the gear, you bring the bait. Call 252-564-4068, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., to pre-register starting the Saturday before the program.

Hatteras Island Educational Programs

Lighting the Way for Over 150 Years – Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

  • Appointment: Daily at 11 a.m. (6 Sept.-10 Oct.)
  • Location: Meet at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center Pavilion
  • The description: Discuss the details and history of this beautiful sentinel and learn about ongoing restoration efforts.

Shaping these barrier islands

  • Appointment: Daily at 2:30 p.m. (6 Sept.-10 Oct.)
  • Location: Meet at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center Pavilion
  • The description: Wars, hurricanes and ocean currents have all impacted the shores of Cape Hatteras. Join us to learn more about some of these events and the changes they have brought to these islands.

Kayaking with a Ranger

  • Appointment: Monday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. (6 Sept.-7 Oct.)
  • The description: Join a ranger to explore the salt marshes and surrounding waters of Pamlico Sound on this easy kayak paddle. The minimum age is seven years old. All equipment is provided. Call 252-475-9622 to pre-register starting the Saturday before the program.

Totally Turtles

  • Appointment: Monday-Friday at 12 p.m. (6 Sept.-7 Oct.)
  • Location: Meet at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center Pavilion
  • The description: Learn about sea turtles through interactive games and activities for all ages.

Surf Fish with a Ranger

  • Appointment: Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. (6 Sept.-5 Oct.)
  • The description: Have you always wanted to try your hand at surf fishing? We bring the rods, you bring the bait. Call 252-475-9622 to pre-register starting the Saturday before the program.

History at the Weather Station

  • Appointment: Thursday at 2:30 p.m. (8 Sept.-6 Oct.)
  • Location: Meet at the US Weather Bureau station in Hatteras
  • The description: Come explore the historic United States Weather Bureau station and hear amazing stories intertwined with our own lives and major historical events.

Ocracoke Lighthouse

  • The Ocracoke Lighthouse Base is open daily from 10:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-4:30pm (September 6-September 30)
  • The Ocracoke Island Discovery Center is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (September 6 to September 30)

Ocracoke Island Educational Programs

Lighting the Way for Nearly 200 Years – Ocracoke Lighthouse

  • Appointment: Tuesday-Thursday at 11 a.m. (6 Sept.-6 Oct.)
  • Location: Meet at the Ocracoke Lighthouse grounds
  • The description: Discuss the details and history of this beautiful sentinel.

Shaping these barrier islands

  • Appointment: Tuesday-Thursday at 2.30 p.m. (6 Sept.-6 Oct.)
  • Location: Meet outside the Ocracoke Island Discovery Center
  • The description: Wars, hurricanes and ocean currents have all impacted the shores of Cape Hatteras. Join us to learn more about some of these events and the changes they have brought to these islands.

banker ponies

  • Appointment: Monday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. (6 Sept.-7 Oct.)
  • Location: Meet outside the pony paddock
  • The description: Come meet the ponies that once roamed in wild herds and learn about their living history on Ocracoke Island.

bird walk

  • Appointment: Sept. 13 and Sept. 27 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Location: Meet outside the beach access parking lot adjacent to the Ocracoke Campground
  • The description: An introduction to the birds of Ocracoke. Meet winged residents and those traveling the Atlantic Flyway. Binoculars are available.

Hammock Hills Nature Walk

  • Dates: Sept. 6 and Sept. 20 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Location: Meet at Hammock Hills Nature Trail located across from Ocracoke Campground.
  • Description: Join a ranger and explore a diverse maritime forest ecosystem on Ocracoke Island.

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

Lost Colony Walking Tour

  • Appointment: Daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (Sep 6-Oct 10)
  • Location: Meet in front of the visitor center
  • The description: Delve into the history and mystery surrounding England’s first attempt to establish a colony in the new world.

Forgotten Colony – Civil War on Roanoke Island

  • Appointment: Tuesday-Thursday at 12 p.m. (6 Sept.-6 Oct.)
  • Location: Meet in front of the visitor center
  • The description: During the American Civil War, Roanoke Island became a haven for former slaves. Learn about the successes and failures of the Freedmen’s Colony and the Civil War battle that shaped it.

National Wright Brothers Memorial

wind and sand

  • Appointment: Daily at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (Sep 6-Oct 10)
  • Location: Meet outside the back doors of the Visitor Center
  • The description: Step back in time on this short walk to the very site of the Wright’s first powered flights. Find out why the Wrights chose this location for their flight experiences and what life on the Outer Banks was like; Learn about the events leading up to the first powered flight on that cold December day and the lasting impact of making them happen.

The Wright Legacy

  • Appointment: Daily at 11 a.m. (6 Sept.-10 Oct.)
  • Location: Meet at the tent
  • The description: Twelve seconds was all the Wright Brothers needed on December 17, 1903 to show the world that humans can fly. Those twelve seconds were just the beginning of Wright’s aviation history and legacy. Explore the rest of Wright’s story as you learn about the impact Wilbur and Orville had on history, the legacy they left, and how they are remembered around the world today.

Bike tour

  • Appointment: Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. (6 Sept.-5 Oct.)
  • Location: Meet at the bike rack next to the Visitor Center
  • The description: Let’s go for a ride like the Wright Brothers! Bring your bike and helmet and take a trip back in time with this special program to find out what this place was like when Wilbur and Orville were experimenting with the idea of ​​flying. This easy, ranger-led bike ride will take you along the roads of the park and explore the reasons the Wright Brothers chose this location, their flying experiences, and the construction of the monument and visitor center. It is a first come, first served program (15 people maximum).

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