National Park Service announces May Programs

During May, the National Park Service Outer Banks Group will be providing scheduled public programs for the pre-summer season at Wright Brothers National Memorial, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Cape Hatteras National Seashore. These spring program schedules will run through May 22.

Learn about the Wright brothers, their flight experimentation and success at the Wright Brothers National Memorial Flight Room Talk (30 minutes) each weekday at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The movie, How Strong is the Wind (40 minutes), will be shown daily at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, Flight Room Talk is offered at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Fun with Flight, a kids’ kite-building and flying program, will be offered at 2 p.m. Children can earn a Junior Flight Ranger patch – just ask for a booklet at the visitor center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The Lost Colony: 1587, a 30-minute examination of the theories of the fate of the Lost Colony, will be presented at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site weekdays at noon, as staff is available. Roanoke – the Lost Colony, a 17-minute movie is shown every 1/2 hour daily. Children are invited to participate in the Junior Roanoke Ranger program, offered every day. Check at the visitor center for a workbook to earn a patch, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore will offer a variety of programs that focus on the islands’ natural and cultural history. Additionally, children can earn a Junior Seashore Ranger badge by completing activities in a booklet available at every Seashore visitor center, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

At the Bodie Island Visitor Center, Outer Banks History is offered on Sunday and Wednesday at 2 p.m.; Sentinel of the Shore at 11 a.m. on Monday and Thursday; Graveyard of the Atlantic at 2 p.m. on Friday; Barrier Island Nature at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday; and Marsh Discovery Walk at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Each program is approximately 30 minutes.

On Hatteras Island, all programs run approximately 30 minutes and start at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Pavilion in Buxton. Barrier Island Nature, a talk about the natural “wild side” of the seashore will be presented daily at 2:30 p.m. Sentinel of the Shore, a program on the iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, will be given daily at 10:30 a.m.

On Ocracoke Island, join in on these 30-minute programs at the Ocracoke Visitor Center: Ocracoke History, Monday at 11 a.m. and Friday at 3:30 p.m.; and Barrier Island Nature at 11 a.m. on Sunday and 3 p.m. on Tuesday. The 30-minute Banker Ponies will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday and 2 p.m. on Saturday – meet at the Pony Pen. An hour-long Morning Birdwalk will start at 8 a.m. – meet at the Hatteras-bound ferry parking lot. Meet at the Ocracoke Visitor Center for a one-hour Village Walking Tour on Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

A full range of summer talks, walks, and activities will be offered throughout the National Park Service Outer Banks Group sites from May 22 through Labor Day. The summer program schedule will be listed on park Web sites by May 15: Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.

Bodie Island restoration project is underway

The Bodie Island Lighthouse, located in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore just north of the Bonner Bridge, is getting a much needed and long awaited facelift. The $2.8 million project to restore and refurbish the lighthouse got underway late last year and is expected to take about 18 months.

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