National Park Service staff at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial conduct many free programs with park rangers. Below is a helpful listing of programs being offered through the summer.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Move (Ranger Program): Daily from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Learn about the monumental move event that happened here in 1999 when the entire light station was moved 2,900 feet away from the threat of a changing shoreline. Meet at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center.
Shaping this Barrier Island
(Ranger Program): Daily from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Wars, wind, hurricanes, and ocean currents have all had impacts on the shores of Cape Hatteras. Join a us to learn about some of these events and the changes they have made to the island. Meet at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center.
Fish with a Ranger
(Ranger Program in Buxton): Mondays from 8 to 9:30 am. Park rangers bring the poles, you bring the bait. Call 252-475-9622 to pre-register beginning June 29.
Fish with a Ranger
(Ranger Program in Rodanthe): Tuesdays from 8:30 to 10 am. Park rangers bring the poles, you bring the bait. Call 252-475-9622 to pre-register beginning June 29.
Especially for Kids
(Ranger Program): Tuesdays and Fridays from 11:30 to 12 pm. Hands-on games or activities for kids and families all about seashore animals. Meet at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center.
Dark Skies Over Hatteras
(Ranger Program): Tuesdays from 9 to 10 p.m. Bring blankets and chairs for this evening of stars and stories on the beach. Meet at the Ramp 43 parking area.
(Ranger Program): Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11 am. Practice this early method of fishing still used today. Call 252-475-9622 to pre-register beginning June 29.
Morning Bird Walk
(Ranger Program): Thursdays from 8 to 9:30 am. Meet winged residents and those traveling the Atlantic Flyway. Binoculars are available. Bring bug spray. Meet at the fish cleaning tables near Ramp 44 in Buxton.
Salvo Soundside Activities for Kids
(Ranger Program): Fridays from 9:30 to 10 am. Meet at the Salvo Sound Access for soundside exploration and discovery. For more information visit: https://www.nps.gov/caha/index.htm.
(Ranger Program): Mondays from 1 to 1:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3 pm. Yes, they were here. Learn about Blackbeard and others. Meet at the Ocracoke Visitor Center.
Barrier Island Nature
(Ranger Program): Mondays from 3 to 3:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Join a park ranger for a talk about the wild side of the park. Meet at the Ocracoke Visitor Center.
Ocracoke After Dark
(Ranger Program): Mondays from 8:45 to 9:45 pm. Bring blankets and chairs for stargazing on the beach. Bring bug spray. Meet at the Ocracoke Beach Access.
All About Turtles
(Ranger Program): Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and July 5 from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Activities for all ages! Meet at the Ocracoke Visitor Center.
The base of Ocracoke Lighthouse Viewing:
The base of the Ocracoke Lighthouse will be open for viewing. Schedule changes weekly.
(Ranger Program): Tuesdays from 2:30 to 3 p.m. and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11 am. Learn about the island’s rich past. Meet at the Ocracoke Visitor Center.
(Ranger Program): Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 9:30 am. Meet the ponies unique to Ocracoke. Bring bug spray. Meet at Ocracoke Pony Pen.
Birds and Beaches of Ocracoke
(Ranger Program): Thursdays from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Join a ranger for an island exploration. Fun for all ages. Bring bug spray. Meet at the public parking lot adjacent to the Ocracoke Campground.
Bodie Island Lighthouse Climbing:
Daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 pm.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ocracoke Express passenger ferry service shuttles visitors between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. The new service has become very popular! Book your ferry trip at: https://ferry.ncdot.gov. Ocracoke Express departing the Hatteras Ferry Terminal. For full park details, go to: www.nps.gov/caha.
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site preserves and interprets the site of the first English colony in the New World, is the site of the theatrical production, The Lost Colony, and interprets historical events of the Native Americans, European Americans, and African Americans who lived on Roanoke Island.
The Lost Colony
(Ranger Program): Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 4 p.m. Delve into history and the mystery surrounding England’s first attempt to establish a colony in the New World. Meet at the Earthen Fort.
John White Watercolors
(Ranger Program): Monday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 11:30 to noon. and an extended special program. Observations of Thomas Hariot and the detailed watercolor paintings by John White offered Europeans a glimpse of the native people, plants, and animals of the New World. Taking inspiration from your world, design a watercolor painting of your own. This is a youth program, but all ages are welcome. Meet at the visitor center.
Women of the Lost Colony
(Ranger Program): Daily from 1:30 to 2 p.m. From the Queen of England to the Carolina-Algonquin women of the New World, uncover the hidden stories of women and their influence on Fort Raleigh. Meet at the Earthen Fort.
The Freedmen’s Colony
(Ranger Program): Daily from 2:30 to 3 p.m. A beacon of hope! During the American Civil War, Roanoke Island became a safe haven for formerly enslaved people. Discover the successes and failures of the Freedmen’s Colony and its fate after the Civil War. Meet at the Earthen Fort.
For full park details, go to: www.nps.gov/fora.
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Wright Brothers National Memorial commemorates the first successful power driven airplane flight, which was made by Wilbur and Orville Wright on December 17, 1903.
Wind and Sand
(Ranger Program): Monday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:30 a.m, and daily from noon to 12:30 p.m. and 4 to 4:30 p.m. Step back in history during this short walk to the actual site of the Wright brothers’ first powered flights. Discover why the brothers choose Kitty Hawk for their flight experiments and what life was like on the Outer Banks. Learn about the events that lead to the first powered flight on that cold December day and lasting impact their first flight has on the world today. Meet on the back patio of the visitor center.
The Wright Kite
(Ranger Program): Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Test the winds of Kitty Hawk just like Wilbur and Orville Wright by flying a kite! Bring your own kite or fly one of ours. Kids must be accompanied by an adult at all times, recommended for ages 6 and up. Kites are available on a first come, first served basis. Meet in front of the reconstructed camp building. This is a drop-in activity at any time between 9:30 and 11:30 am.
(Ranger Program): Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10 to 10:30 a.m., and daily from 1 to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 3 p.m. Twelve seconds was all the Wright brothers needed to show the world humans can fly. Discover what inspired the Wrights to defy impossibility in their pursuit of flight, what pushed them to keep going, and how they are remembered in the world today. Meet at the white ten on the south end of the Junior Aviator Store.
Reproduction 1903 Wright Flyer
Inside the newly renovated visitor center at Wright Brothers National Memorial. The visitor center is a National Historic Landmark. NPS/Eden Saunders
The base of the Wright Brothers Monument
Inclement weather may impact viewing opportunities. Schedule changes weekly. For full park details, go to: www.nps.gov/wrbr.