John White's watercolor painting of a group of Carolina Algonquians fishing.

Honoring Native American Legacies in the Outer Banks

This month, national parks around the United States are honoring Native American Heritage Month, and our Outer Banks national parks are joining them!  Years before the arrival of the English and what we call “The Lost Colony,” the land that is now known as the Outer Banks was home to Native American peoples who honored and cultivated the unique resources of these barrier islands. ..

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A fourth grade boy holds up his visitor pass at Wright Brothers National Memorial.

Outer Banks National Parks Awarded Open OutDoors for Kids Grant from National Park Foundation

In partnership with Outer Banks Forever, funds will cover transportation costs for field trips for students attending local Title I schools KILL DEVIL HILLS, NC and MANTEO, NC — Last month, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial were collectively awarded an Open OutDoors for Kids grant of $7,400 from the National Park Foundation. The goal of the grant program is to provide K-12 students, educators and families with access to national parks around the country through both..

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Celebrate National Public Lands Day 2021 in Your OBX National Parks!

Join us in celebrating National Public Lands Day 2021 in your OBX national parks on Saturday, September 25! All three of your parks are fee-free for the day! “Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, National Public Lands Day is traditionally the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort. It celebrates the..

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A female park ranger gives the thumbs up sign while sitting on a bicycle with Wright Brothers National Memorial in the background.

Rediscover Your OBX National Parks With 2021 Ranger Programs!

If you’re looking to rediscover your OBX national parks and to create new memories with your loved ones this year, check out these current ranger programs at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial!  Cape Hatteras National Seashore   Bodie Island  Bodie Island Lighthouse Climbing  Monday-Sunday through October 11. First climb is at 9 a.m. and..

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A 19th century black and white photograph of a family living in the Freedmen's Colony on Roanoke Island. The portrait includes two men, two women and four children.

Honoring Juneteenth and the Freedmen’s Colony on Roanoke Island

This year, our nation will observe the 156th anniversary of Juneteenth (June 19), the day enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, finally learned they were freed.  Although President Abraham Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, and the Civil War ended in April 1865, men, women and children who were enslaved in Texas did not..

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Waterside Theater at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on sunny day with sound view in background

The Lost Colony returns for its 84th season! 

While Fort Raleigh National Historic Site preserves many important stories that have impacted our country’s history, it is best known as the site of the first attempted English colony in the “New World.” For more than 80 years, one of the main attractions at the park has been the theatrical telling of this story by our friends at the Roanoke Island Historical Association (RIHA).  ..

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Meet Your Ranger: Meaghan Johnson 

Hometown: Painesville, Ohio  Education: B.S. in Biology, Bowling Green State University; M.S. in Coastal Zone Management, Nova Southeastern University   Position: Chief of Resource Management and Science, National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Where you’ll find her: My office is located in the Outer Banks Group Headquarters at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site in Manteo, North Carolina.   Other national parks she’s worked at: Dry Tortugas National Park (Florida) as..

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Meet Your Ranger: Beth Hudick

Our Meet Your Ranger series introduces you to the many amazing people who support your OBX national parks every day!  Hometown: Columbus, Ohio  Education: Miami University of Ohio; History and International Studies  Position: North District Interpreter  Where you’ll find her:  Her office is at Wright Brothers National Memorial, but you can find her at Fort Raleigh National Historical Site as..

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