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Morning Kayak Nature Tour

$40 per Personbook now

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Come see the diverse wildlife of our salt marsh up close and personal! The morning kayak nature tour goes through our winding wetlands and out into the Pamlico Sound. All levels of kayaking ability are welcome. Ages 8+.

Mon

Tue

9-11 am

Wed

Thu

9-11 am

Fri

Afternoon Kayak Nature Tour

$40 per Personbook now

kayak nature tour hatteras ocean island centerCome see the diverse wildlife of our salt marsh up close and personal! The afternoon kayak nature tour goes through our winding wetlands and out into the Pamlico Sound. All levels of kayaking ability are welcome. Ages 8+.

Mon

6-8 pm

Tue

Wed

6-8 pm

Thu

Fri

6-8 pm

Turtle Patrol

$15 per Personbook now

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Join us on the beach and help us excavate a mock turtle nest, identify turtle tracks, and learn everything you want to know about the life cycle of our local sea turtle species. Discover what you can do to help save our endangered sea turtles as we take a look at what it takes to rehabilitate these amazing creatures!

Mon

Tue

3-5:30 pm

Wed

9-11:30 am

Thu

3-5:30 pm

Fri

9-11:30 am

Campfires, Crabs, and Constellations

$10 per Personbook now

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Photo Credit: Ryan Deloge

Relax around the campfire with an iconic Hatteras sunset and an exceptional stargazing experience. Learn about Outer Banks history, legends, and nighttime beach creatures underneath some of the darkest skies you’ll find along the East Coast. Both kids and adults will enjoy searching for ghost crabs in the tide, eating s’mores, and laying back under the Milky Way.

Mon

7:30-9:30 pm

Tue

7:30-9:30 pm

Wed

7:30-9:30 pm

Thu

7:30-9:30 pm

Fri

7:30-9:30 pm

Ocean Detectives

$10 per Personbook now

ocean detectives hatteras island ocean centerPut on your detective hats and help us try to deduce what’s going on at the beach! Walk down Cape Hatteras National Seashore with our guides as we search for clues that will help us understand the forces that help shape our island and everything on it. Identify shells, plants, creatures, and beach features to become a true ocean expert!

Mon

4-5 pm

Tue

11:30-12:30 pm

Wed

4-5 pm

Thu

11:30-12:30 pm

Fri

4-5 pm

Marsh Madness

$10 per Personbook now

marsh madness hatteras ocean island centerSalt marshes are one of the most interesting and intricate ecosystems on the planet…and we have one right in our backyard! Discover what kinds of plants and animals call this wetland home and learn about the ever changing conditions that make these organisms so unique and adaptable. Then, take to the skies and get a bird’s eye view of the marsh with our drone!

Mon

12-1:30 pm

Tue

Wed

12-1:30 pm

Thu

Fri

12-1:30 pm

Mini-Programs

Make Your Own Wetland Learn what makes wetlands are so special by making your own wetland. (Supplies provided.)
Salt Marsh Clean-up Crew Worms, fungus, and bacteria, oh my! Learn about how these organisms clean up the salt marsh and what we can do to help clean up our planet.
Beach in a Box The sand on our beach never stops moving. Through our simulation, learn how sand travels and why sand travel is so important to the Outer Banks.
Coming soon: Animal Meet and Greet Come say hello to or two creature friends: the eastern box turtle and eastern rat snake.
Solar Flair How does sunshine become electricity? Come and explore solar energy and take a look at the solar garden right next door.
Where Does My Water Go? Explore water pollution sources and pollution prevention in a coastal area using a 3D coastal landscape model. Hands-on activities bring to life the impacts on wetlands, estuaries, oceans, beaches, barrier islands, groundwater, coral reefs, shellfish beds and more.
Marsh Walk Join us for a stroll down our boardwalk and let’s explore what lives in our marsh.
Trash Talk Did you know that fishing line can take 600 years or longer to decompose? Come talk trash with us.