Cape Lookout National Seashore will spend three days, June 16-18, celebrating both the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service and the 50th anniversary of Cape Lookout joining the national park system.
In addition to a variety of tours and activities, attendees will get a 50 percent discount on roundtrip ferry tickets to South Core and Shackleford banks out of Beaufort and Harkers Island.
On Thursday and Friday, June 16 and 17, the park will have An Evening at the Cape. You can watch the sunset from atop the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and hear stories featuring the lighthouse keepers. Reservations are required.
Events on Saturday, June 18, are planned at the Visitors’ Center on Harkers Island and at the lighthouse. The first 400 visitors can will get a special gift.
Events at the Visitors’ Center
- 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Treasure Dig, a hands-on activity where children sift through sand in search of gems and shells.
- 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Traditional Down East music performance by Connie Mason. Fish House Liars, Rodney Kemp and Joel Hancock, will share tales from North Carolina’s Down East community.
- 11 a.m. to noon: A ceremony marking the anniversaries will feature comments from dignitaries, the unveiling of fourth-grade art contest winners and a performance by the Carteret County Youth Choir.
- 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Horse Sense Tour, during which attendees will join park biologist Susan Stuska for a glimpse of the elusive wild horses of Shackleford Banks. Ferries will take participants from Harkers Island to Shackleford Banks. Reservations are required.
Events at the Lighthouse
- 9:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.: The lighthouse will feature self-guided tours every 15 minutes, up to10 people at a time.
- 10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.: The Sand Beneath Our Feet, where park rangers will discuss the nature and history of the Core Banks.
- 1:30 p.m. –3:00p.m.: Turtle Trek, a tour with wildlife biologist Jon Altman, who will discuss how sea turtles use the Core Banks as a nesting ground
To Learn More
- Go here for more details, including reservation information for the Horse Sense Tour and Evening at the Cape.