Monday, September 07, 2015

NPS Fall Programs

The National Park Service (Outer Banks Group) has announced its Fall Program Schedule. Programs will begin Tuesday, September 8, and will continue through Monday, October 12.
  • Sunday and Saturday at 3 p.m. -- Banker Ponies: The Banker Ponies are definitely an Ocracoke must-see! Learn more about their mysterious origins, unique physical attributes, and survival skills. Sunscreen is recommended. Ocracoke Pony Pens. (30 minutes)
  • Tuesday at 2 p.m. and Wednesday at 11 a.m. -- Ocracoke History: Ocracoke Island has an incredibly rich cultural history. Algonquians, pilots, fisherman, pirates, lifesavers, and soldiers all play a part in this fascinating story. Come find out more about the island and its people. Ocracoke Visitor Center. (30 minutes)
  • Tuesday at 11 a.m. -- Pirates!: Ocracoke was a popular place for Blackbeard and other pirates during the early 1700s. Find out why the island was so attractive to them and how the golden age of piracy dramatically ended here. Ocracoke Visitor Center. (30 minutes)
  • Monday and Friday at 2 p.m. and Thursday at 11 a.m. -- Barrier Island Nature: Learn about sea turtles, shorebirds, seashells, and shoreline migration. Join a ranger for a talk about the wild side of the seashore. Topics will vary daily. Ocracoke Visitor Center. (30 minutes)
  • Thursday at 8:30 a.m. – Morning Bird Walk: Meet winged residents and those traveling the Atlantic Flyway. Binoculars are available. Meet at the Hatteras Ferry parking lot on the north end of the island. Bring bug spray. (90 minutes)
Programs are also scheduled at Cape Hatteras, Fort Raleigh Historic Site, and the Wright Brothers National Memorial. More information is available here.  

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of whale and porpoise fishing on  the Outer Banks. You can read the story here:

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