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The Outer Banks offers many outdoor opportunities for kids – and parents –
many of them free.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore
1401 National Park Drive
Manteo, North Carolina 27954
Visitor Information: (252) 473-2111

“Especially for Kids” programs are available at Bodie Island, Hatteras Island, and Ocracoke Island. “Seashore Arts,” “Pirate Times,” “Evening Campfire,” “Let’s Go Fishing,” and “Turtle Talks” are some of the favorite kids’ programs.
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Jockey’s Ridge State Park
P.O. Box 592, Nags Head, NC 27959
(252) 441-7132
Program Registration: (252) 441-2588

Some programs are limited to small group participation and require pre-registration, such as “Seine The Sound,” “Crabby Clinic,” “Kayaking,” “Birding on the Sound,” and “Go Fly a Kite.” The most popular program is “Sunset on the Ridge,” held nearly every evening during summer months at the top of the ridge.
> calendar of programs



Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve
701 West Ocean Acres Drive
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
(252) 441-2525
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A 1,400-acre maritime forest, with five miles of trails and a visitor center. The preserve is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturday during the summer. Register at the visitor center.

The Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education
1160 Village Lane
Corolla, NC 27927
(252) 453-0221
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The Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education offers numerous education programs on a daily basis. Group programs and school programs can also be scheduled. The center contains an auditorium, exhibit gallery and gift store. The exhibit area focuses on the natural and cultural history of northeastern North Carolina.

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
10 miles south of Nags Head, on NC 12.
Visitor Center (252) 987-2394
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Miles of trails and pristine beaches for walking, wildlife observation and photography. Numerous Environmental Education Programs are offered on request. Special prices are given to educational groups for the guided canoe tours. To schedule a program for a group, call (252) 987-1118
> program schedule

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