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:

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.

Adopt A Sea Turtle Nest

One of the most awe-inspiring reasons we all love Cape Hatteras National Seashore is that its pristine beaches are a perfect home for our favorite sea turtle friends. Coming soon, you can help us protect and enhance this special place by symbolically adopting your very own sea turtle nest!

Learn more here.

Views From Your Parks: Webcam Project

In partnership with the Outer Banks Visitor’s Bureau and Surfline, you can help bring your park’s amazing views right into your home by helping install webcams on the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Wright Brothers Memorial, and Waterside Theater at Fort Raleigh.

Funding needed: $4,000

 

 

Expanding Digital Learning at Wright Brothers National Memorial

You can help expand your park’s digital learning program to include a new online video series, live in-classroom virtual field trips, and new digital partnerships with other aviation focused parks including the National Aviation Heritage Area and Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park.

Project fully funded!

 

 

Artist in Residence

Support local 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: $25,000 (Phase 1)

 

 

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 sound.

Funding needed: $10,000

 

 

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:

  • Phase 1: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
  • Phases 2-3:
    • 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.

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

 

 

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.