Join us in preserving this special place. For those of you who have been to Ocracoke, you know the uniqueness and the lure of the Community Store, the weathered docks and view of the lighthouse from the back of “Jack’s Dock”. A maritime community since the 1700′s, where would Ocracoke be without a waterfront? Saving this last piece of history is our goal. Ensuring community ownership and public use is a top priority yet can’t be accomplished without your support. In 1918 Amasa Fulcher opened the Community Store. It’s doors . . .
Outdoor Classroom 2013 Summer Schedule
Wetland Metaphors, Net Gain/Net effect, Estuaries: Where Rivers Meet the Sea and How to Read A North Carolina Beach.
Every Wednesday at 10:00AM Beginning May 29 through September 4, 2013.
Join Elizabeth Hanrahan, certified wildlife educator and local resident to learn about Ocracoke’s dynamic environment! Geared for children Grades 3 through 7 (Parents are welcome!)
All programs are free, last approximately 90 minutes and are outdoors. Please bring water and a hat.
Programs are held at the NCCAT Outdoor Classroom located at the old coast guard station on the harbor. Any changes will be posted at Post Office.
The Ocracoke Homegrown Handmade Market will continue to open it's doors every Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the former Community Store until Memorial Day. The goal of Homegrown-Handmade is to celebrate the island's creativity and locally grown and of course, locally caught!
Every Wednesday at 3:00PM Beginning May 29 through September 4, 2013.
Join us at the Ocracoke Working Watermen’s Exhibit to learn about the history of Oysters on Ocracoke, current restoration efforts and why they are so important to us. Taught by Elizabeth Hanrahan, certified wildlife educator and Gene Ballance, local waterman and oyster researcher. All ages. Programs are free and last 90 minutes. The Exhibit is located on the docks at the Community Square located on the harbor.
On Saturday January 12,2013 interested Ocracoke youth and adults attended a training workshop offered by NC Sea Grant where they learned how to monitor oyster spat around Ocracoke. The island is surrounded by shallow oyster beds which were over-harvested around 1920. North Carolina has implemented oyster restoration throughout Pamlico Sound but only in deep water. Spat recording is essential so researchers can understand how many oysters are in the breeding population, how much habitat is available, and how many offspring they produce. The Oyster Spat Monitoring Project focuses on the last of these questions, being one of the more critical to overall oyster research, management, and restoration efforts.
Ocracoke Island volunteers are Arlene Burley, Elizabeth Hanrahan, Sara Reece Johnson, Beverly Meeker and Susse Wright. Volunteers will deploy racks with tiles that oyster spat settle on. The racks are removed and replaced with clean tiles every 6 weeks, and then the number of spat and other organisms that settled are counted and recorded. To learn more about the spat program visit www.ncoystermonitoring.org
At left is Dr. Marc Turano NC Sea Grant Aquaculture and Blue Crab Specialist. Center rear of photo is Troy Alphin, Project Director and Senior Research Associate UNCW.
More information will be available at the spring update workshop to be held at the Working Watermen’s Exhibit. For questions please call Outdoor Classroom coordinator Elizabeth Hanrahan firstname.lastname@example.org
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