The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has been working diligently to keep the Outer Banks engaged and educated in our country’s time of crisis. Though the Commission is unable to host in-person events, they have come up with a schedule of online events (which are open to everybody) that teach lessons on oceanography, geography, marine life, and more. The classes are accessible for people ages 5 to 105 and are a really cool way to stay involved with the community and environment we call a home.

The schedule for the upcoming months is as follows:

Monday June 22

Marine Mammal Mondays: Small Whales 7PM June 22 (Target Ages 16+)

Join the Outer Banks Marine Mammal Stranding Network in a special lecture series discussing the various cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) that frequent the coastal waters of NC. Each session we will introduce a new family of whales. This week we will discuss small whales meaning dolphins and porpoises.

Register online at https://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/Education-Centers/Outer-Banks/Event-Registration 

Tuesday June 23

ecoEXPLORE Herpetology Season: Introduction to Herps 5:30PM June 23 (Target Ages 5-13)

Go on a Herpetology adventure! Join us for an online program to learn more about the ecoEXPLORE herpetology badge and interact with live frogs and snakes. Plus, get all your wildlife questions answered by experts from the Wildlife Resources Commission!

Register online at https://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/Education-Centers/Outer-Banks/Event-Registration 

Thursday June 25

Shorebird Identification 10AM June 25 (Target Ages: Ages 16+)

Ever wanted to get into birding or just know the types of birds you see on your beach walk? Well then come learn the basics on how to start identifying these shorebirds and how you can be a citizen scientist using eBird. 

Register online at https://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/Education-Centers/Outer-Banks/Event-Registration

Friday June 26

ecoEXPLORE Field Session: Frog Calls 8PM June 26th (Target Ages 5-13)

Friday night frogs! Join NC Wildlife Resources Commission staff as they monitor frog calls along the Outer Banks. We will play games listening to different frog and toad calls while we wait for our biologist to call in from the field so we can listen in and help survey three different sites.

Register online at https://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/Education-Centers/Outer-Banks/Event-Registration 

Monday June 29

Marine Mammal Mondays: Medium Whales 7PM June 29 (Target Ages 16+)

Join the Outer Banks Marine Mammal Stranding Network in a special lecture series discussing the various cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) that frequent the coastal waters of NC. Each session we will introduce a new family of whales. This week we will discuss medium whales including pilot whales, pygmy and dwarf sperm whales, and other blackfish.

Register online at https://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/Education-Centers/Outer-Banks/Event-Registration 

Monday July 6th  

Marine Mammal Mondays: What Whale? 7PM July 6th  (Target Ages 16+)

The final in the Marine Mammal Mondays series, the Outer Banks Marine Mammal Stranding Network discusses how to identify the various cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) that frequent the coastal waters of NC. 

Register online at https://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/Education-Centers/Outer-Banks/Event-Registration 

Beach Week Classes 

In addition to the special workshops and programs listed above, the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education brings the beach to you.  Join us for some of the Center’s most popular summer classes adapted for online discovery. Classes repeat weekly through the month of June.

Mondays in June at 11AM (June 8,15, 22)

Yuck! (Target Ages: Families / All Ages)

From burping frogs to vomiting vultures we will discuss some of nature’s most disgustingly clever adaptions for survival. Join us online for a virtual excursion into the gross lives of wildlife. After class, take a hike om the park to see if you can discover some of these creatures yourselves.  

Register online at https://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/Education-Centers/Outer-Banks/Event-Registration 

Tuesdays in June at 2PM (June 9,16,23)

Beach Finds (Target Ages: Families / All Ages)

Have you found something on the beach you’re curious to know what it is?  Join us online for this Virtual Beach Exploration. We will share some of our favorite beach finds and give you a chance to ask questions about some of yours

Register online at https://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/Education-Centers/Outer-Banks/Event-Registration 

Wednesdays in June at 11AM (June  10,17,24)

Sea Turtles In Jeopardy (Target Ages: Families / All Ages)

Join us online to discover why sea turtles are ‘in jeopardy’ of extinction through this Jeopardy game-style program. 

Register online at https://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/Education-Centers/Outer-Banks/Event-Registration 

Thursdays in June at 2PM (June 11,18,25)

Virtual Maritime Forest Hike (Target Ages: Families / All Ages)

Join us on a virtual hike through the maritime forest at Currituck Banks National Estuarine Research Reserve and see the plants and wildlife that call the Outer Banks home! Talk with one of our educators in real time about the maritime ecosystem and ask questions about the plant and animal life found in a maritime forest.

Register online at https://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/Education-Centers/Outer-Banks/Event-Registration 

Fridays in June at 11AM (June 12,19,26)

Crab Libs (Target Ages: Families / All Ages)

Join us online and become part of the story on how to catch blue crabs!  This program will use a Mad-Libs Crab-Libs approach to showing different ways to trap catch blue crabs in the Currituck Sound. After attending, get some chicken and a string and have a go at catching crabs yourselves.  

Register online at https://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/Education-Centers/Outer-Banks/Event-Registration