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As another holiday season kicks off here in the Outer Banks, one thing I’m most thankful for is our Outer Banks Forever community.

Our Outer Banks national parks continue to face new challenges and new opportunities to provide the calming and inspiring experience we’ve all come to expect. By being part of our community, you are ensuring our parks continue to improve and adapt so that future generations can experience them – and I can’t thank you enough for that.
Your help this year allowed us to support our parks in new and exciting ways, like:
  • Inspiring the next generation to reach new heights like the Wright brothers by distributing 2,000 Junior Flight Ranger books in less than a month this summer.
  • Celebrating our community’s maritime history with new educational signs at the Ocracoke and Bodie Island Lighthouses.
  • Building a new education experience at Fort Raleigh that helps tell the stories of the diverse peoples who have called Roanoke Island home (learn about the garden below!).
  • Highlighting the science our parks use to protect our unique barrier island environment through our Adopt A Sea Turtle Nest program and virtual sea turtle nest excavation.
These are just a few ways you are making a difference in our parks, and we have a lot more in store for 2023 – stay tuned for exciting project announcements and updates in the coming weeks!

We are incredibly grateful for your dedication to and love of the Outer Banks. During this season of giving, we hope you’ll consider a tax-deductible donation to continue supporting our Outer Banks national parks. Together, we can protect and enhance these special places.

See you in our parks,

Jessica Barnes, Director
Outer Banks Forever
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Project Spotlight: Honoring American Indian Heritage at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

Mona Currie, a volunteer at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, discusses some of the agricultural practices of the Carolina Algonquian peoples when they lived on Roanoke Island centuries ago. The park's new education garden helps tell the stories of the Carolina Algonquian peoples, European colonists, and members of the Freedmen's Colony through its crops. 

With the help of supporters like you, we were thrilled to help bring the new education garden at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site to life this summer. This garden will allow National Park Service staff and volunteers to share why these crops were vital to the history of our community. We are also funding new educational signs at the garden that will help tell these stories to visitors when staff and volunteers are not available. The goal of this new garden is to enhance the understanding of our local history, and to help our park better tell the important stories of the people who shaped our unique community. The garden will also focus on the role women from these communities played in leading, organizing, and performing agriculture. This will be an engaging new experience for park visitors to understand how diverse peoples lived hundreds of years ago.
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Pathways to Your National Parks 
Have you heard the news about our biggest project to date? If not, we'd like to introduce you to Pathways to Your National Parks!

Over the next several years, this project will create new paved multiuse paths in our Outer Banks national parks that will make them safer and better connected while honoring the history, culture, and coastal environment of our local community - starting at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
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Adopt A Pony for the Holidays
Legend has it the Ocracoke ponies arrived here in the Outer Banks with shipwrecked explorers in the 16th or 17th century, and they’ve called the island home ever since. Now you can help these beautiful and unique ponies by symbolically adopting one this holiday season!
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Save the Date: $10k Challenge is Coming on Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday, a global day of generosity, is coming up on November 29 and we've got exciting news!

Our friends at REAL Watersports and Carolina Brewery have come together to show their love for Cape Hatteras National Seashore and want to challenge YOU to show your love too!

They will match every gift on November 29 until we reach our goal to raise $10,000 for our Pathways to Your National Parks project. Stay tuned for more details.
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