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Experience Outer Banks Parks From Home

Part of the reconstructed 1585 earthwork at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. Photo: Jennifer Allen

Reprinted from Island Free Press

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site are offering a number of ways for virtual visitors of all ages to experience these iconic Outer Banks destinations, per a recent update from their official partner, Outer Banks Forever.

In recent weeks, the organization has launched a number of digital experiences and online materials that include virtual Ranger programs, home school curriculums, and interactive experiences via the sharing of video and photo memories from fans.

For example, younger park-goers can help design the next Junior Ranger Badge at Fort Raleigh via an online contest, with entries accepted until April 15, while explorers can get an inside look at the mechanics of the Wright Brothers 1903 flyer via an in-person demonstration and video that was recently posted on social media.

Families that want to infuse a little close-to-home education into their homeschool curriculum will also find a wealth of lesson plans and materials available online. Unique lesson plans include features on the pirates of North Carolina, a history of the Little Kinnakeet Life-Saving Station, and stories about the people, events and landmarks that helped shape these barrier islands.

All online materials are free to the public, and per Outer Banks Forever, upcoming weekly videos will continue to highlight the unique aspects of the Outer Banks’ national parks, so that visitors can stay connected while being miles away.

For more information on Outer Banks Forever and all of these newly-launched programs and online materials, visit

This story is provided courtesy of the Island Free Press, a digital newspaper covering Hatteras and Ocracoke islands. Coastal Review Online is partnering with the Free Press to provide readers with more environmental and lifestyle stories of interest along our coast. 

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