Make your reservations now for our programs that explore Hatteras Village, Hatteras Island and our surroundings. Special programming will be posted on our Facebook as necessary!

Our nature programs will begin Memorial Day, May 27, 2024. 



Kayak Nature Tours

Begins MAY 27, 2024

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Come see the diverse wildlife of our salt marsh up close and personal! Our guided kayak nature tours go through our winding wetlands and out into the Pamlico Sound. Participants 12+ are allowed to paddle their own kayak. 7+ are allowed their own seat in a tandem kayak with an adult. Children 6 and under are not allowed for safety reasons.

(Program ends August, 2024)

Morning Tours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-11:00 PM

Afternoon Tours: Monday-Thursday, 4:00-6:00 PM

$40 per Person


Conservation Stations

Begins MAY 27, 2024

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Join us at the exhibit hall for interactive activities that explore our unique environment and how we can all work to take care of it. These events are free but reservations are recommended due to limited space. Times are 1-2 PM and 3-4 PM.

(Program ends August, 2024)





Turtle Patrol

Begins MAY 27, 2024


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Attend a brief presentation and learn everything you want to know about the life cycle of our local sea turtle species.  Join us on the beach and learn how the NPS works to assist these endangered 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!

(Program ends August, 2024)

Monday-Friday, 10:00-11:00 AM

$10 per Person

Campfires, Crabs, & Constellations

Begins MAY 27, 2024

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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, legendsd, 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. Beach chairs, towels, or blankets are recommended.

(Program ends August, 2024)

 Monday-Thursday 7:30 PM-9:30 PM

 $15 per Person