Your Parks, Your Impact

(Update: Want to learn more about how you can support your parks? Click here and easily schedule a virtual chat with our Director, Jessica Green)

Your Outer Banks national parks are a vital part of this unique community. They protect the nature, history, and spirit of freedom you think of when you make your way here each year.

Outer Banks Forever is the official nonprofit partner of your Outer Banks national parks. We help you make an impact by raising funds and awareness for park projects and programs that are only possible with your partnership.

We are your partner to:

  • Educate youth
  • Preserve history
  • Advance science
  • Create new park experiences

Current Projects:

 

On-Going Programs

Adopt A Pony

If you love Ocracoke, you’ve likely stopped by to visit with the island’s most popular residents. Now you can symbolically adopt one of these amazing creatures and help fund their care and maintenance.

Love the Beach, Respect the Ocean

You can help raise awareness of the importance of ocean safety through this local partnership that includes engaging visitors on social media and through a text alert system that keeps each of us safe at the beach.

 

New Projects and Programs

The projects listed below will only be possible with your support! Your gift today will help us reach new audiences with the stories from your parks, and create new ways to experience them on site and from home. We are working closely with your park leadership to implement these projects over the next two years.

Extend the Experience: Views From Your Parks

In partnership with the Outer Banks Visitor’s Bureau and Surfline, you can help bring your park’s amazing views to millions by installing webcams on the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Wright Brothers Memorial, and Waterside Theater at Fort Raleigh. Funding needed: $5,000

Kayak Launch at Oregon Inlet

Your support today will help build an ADA accessible kayak launch at the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. Help us provide a safe way for non-motorized water sport enthusiasts to experience the beautiful Pamlico sound. Funding needed: $7,000

Artist in Residence

Support local and national artists in creating art inspired by your OBX national parks during two 4-week residencies each year. They will also host events for you to learn new art techniques and inspire our community. Funding needed: $5,500

Aviation Trail Through Time

From the first flight to our current pursuit of space exploration, you can help tell the story of the progress we’ve made since two brothers took flight on the sandy dunes of Kitty Hawk. Your support will install 10 interpretive panels along the walkway from the First Flight Boulder to the base of Big Kill Devil Hill. Funding needed: $15,000 over two years.

Pathways to Your National Parks

Your Outer Banks national parks each provide unique ways to experience the natural beauty and history of our island community. Whether you enjoy walking, running, or cycling, we need your support to help your parks build new, paved multi use paths in all three parks that will create new and safer ways for you and your family to explore these special places. Plans for these new paths are still in development but will be located at:

  • Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
  • Bodie Island Lighthouse
  • Fort Raleigh National Historic Site (connecting to existing community paths)
  • Wright Brothers National Memorial (connecting to existing community path)

This project will be completed in phases over several years, starting with the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse path that will connect Route 12 to the old lighthouse site and current lighthouse site.

Funding needed for full project: $1.7 million for four multi-use paths over 5-7 years. (Grant and matching opportunities are being explored)