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Explore Nature and Learn About Ocracoke's History

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a 70-mile oceanfront preserve that runs from Bodie Island in the north to Ocracoke Island in the south. We’re very proud of Ocracoke’s section of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. It’s one of the most pristine sections of coast on the entire Outer Banks. To help you plan a special trip, we’ve highlighted Ocracoke Island’s Cape Hatteras National Seashore Programs.

Experience Pirates, Ocracoke History, Sea Turtles, Cast Netting, Crabbing with a Ranger, Ocracoke Ponies, Bird Walks, and a Island Nature tour.

Barrier Island Nature

3:00 PM to 3:30 PM.  Every Monday - Weekly from 05/28/2018 to 09/03/2018.
Location: Ocracoke Visitor Center Amphitheater
Join a talk about the wild side of the park. Meet at the Ocracoke Visitor Center Amphitheater. (30 minutes)

Ocracoke After Dark

Time: 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM.  Every Monday - Weekly from 05/28/2018 to 09/03/2018.
Location: Ocracoke Day Use Area Beach (The Lifeguard Beach)
Bring blankets and chairs for an evening of stargazing on the beach! Bring bug spray. Meet at the Ocracoke Day Use Area beach. (1 hour)

Ocracoke Lifeguard Beach

Photo by David Ruhf

Cast Netting

Time: 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM.  Every Tuesday - Weekly from 05/29/2018 to 08/28/2018.

Location: Pre-register in advance in person at the Ocracoke Visitor Center
Cast netting is one of the oldest forms of fishing. Limited to 25 participants. Pre-register in person at the Ocracoke Visitor Center starting the Saturday prior to the program. You cannot pre-register over the phone, email, or internet.

Ocracoke History

Time: 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM.  Every Tuesday - Weekly from 07/03/2018 to 08/28/2018.
Location: Ocracoke Visitor Center Amphitheater
Learn about the island's rich past. Meet at the Ocracoke Visitor Center Amphitheater. (30 minutes)

Pirates!  

2:30 PM to 3:00 PM.  Every Wednesday - Weekly from 05/30/2018 to 08/29/2018.  
Location:  Ocracoke Visitor Center Amphitheater.  
Yes, there were Pirates on Ocracoke!  Learn about Blackbeard and other pirates.   Meet at the Ocracoke Visitor Center Amphitheater. (30 minutes)

Banker Ponies

10:30 AM to 11:00 AM.   Every Thursday - Weekly from 05/31/2018 to 08/30/2018.
Location: Ocracoke Pony Pens
The Banker Ponies are definitely an Ocracoke must-see! Bring bug spray! Not recommended for those allergic to horses. Meet at the Ocracoke Pony Pens. (20-30 minutes)

Ocracoke Pony Pasture

Photo by Bertha Hosey

Barrier Island Nature

2:30 PM to 3:00 PM.  Every Thursday - Weekly from 05/31/2018 to 08/30/2018.
Location: Ocracoke Visitor Center Amphitheater
Join a talk about the wild side of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Meet at the Ocracoke Visitor Center Amphitheater. (30 minutes)

All About Sea Turtles

2:30 PM to 3:00 PM.  Every Friday - Weekly from 06/01/2018 to 08/31/2018.
Location: Ocracoke Visitor Center Amphitheater
Activities especially for seashore kids. Meet at the Ocracoke Visitor Center Amphitheater. (30 minutes)

Outer Banks Bird Walk

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM.  Every Friday - Weekly from 06/01/2018 to 08/31/2018.
Location: Ferry Parking Lot at North End of the Island
Meet winged residents and those traveling the Atlantic Flyway. Bring bug spray. Meet at the Cape Hatteras Ferry parking lot at the North End of the island. (90 minutes)