School teachers choose evening activities, which cover a wide variety of topics, including:
Survival on the Coast: Emphasizes the connection between social studies and science with demonstrations of skills used by coastal Native Americans and later cultures.
First in Flight: Showcases our live birds of prey with additional stations covering the history of flight in NC, properties of air, mechanics of flight, bird beak and raptor adaptations.
Challenge Night: Features large group activities designed to enhance group self-esteem and cooperation. This program is best suited for 70 or less students 5th grade or older. Please let us know about any previous group-building activities.
Underground Railroad: Provides students with an understanding of our history, which today is more important than ever. By allowing them a hands-on simulation, we can better discuss the history of slavery and where we are today. This outdoor program is best suited for 36 or more students and requires a back-up plan in case of rain. A minimum of 6-10 chaperones (depending on your group size) will role-play various characters on the Underground Railroad.
Beach Walk/Turtle Talk: Allows students to study our endangered sea turtles, the threats facing these amazing creatures, and the steps that people can take to help their conservation. This outdoor program requires a back-up plan in case of rain.
Outer Banks Stories and Sing-a-Long: Intersperses fun songs and stories of our maritime heritage and perhaps finishes with a Carolina Ghost Story.
Pirates: Reveals myths and facts about pirates and privateers. Students use problem-solving skills to determine whether or not the shipwreck found in Beaufort Inlet is Blackbeard's flagship, The Queen Anne's Revenge.
Whales and Whalers: Utilizes hands-on experiments to showcase the amazing ways whales adapt to life in the ocean. Students will be astonished by the sheer size of these magnificent animals when they meet our life-sized inflatable Right Whale. Learn about NC's historical shore-based whaling culture, and practice the skills needed for this dangerous profession.
Night Hike: Illuminates the wonders of night vision and our nocturnal neighbors with small group experiments and activities. This outdoor program is best suited for 60 or less students and requires a back-up plan in case of rain. This program is only available from mid-November to mid-March (when the time changes and it is dark after dinner.)
Town Meeting: Stages a mock town meeting that allows each habitat study group to represent an interested party in a local beach development issue. This program is best suited for 60 or less students that are 5th grade or older.
Icky Creatures: Exposes students to animals often considered icky so they can learn about their amazing adaptations. Hands-on activities allows students to see these creatures in a new light. Possums, Bats, and Snakes, Oh My!
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