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Animal Encounters: The Wildlife of North Carolina’s Outer Banks

Program Number: 11800RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/3/2013 - 9/6/2013;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Southern Outer Banks, North Carolina
Price starting at: $399.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Science & Nature
Meals: 9; 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Experience firsthand the unspoiled beauty of North Carolina's Outer Banks. Enjoy face-to-face encounters with live sea turtles, alligators, snakes, birds and fish. Discover pristine beaches as you learn the finer points of bird identification on a 62-acre reserve. Examine the ocean’s depths at the newly remodeled aquarium's 306,000-gallon "Living Shipwreck" exhibit. Explore Bogue Sound and study the animals of this fragile wetland ecosystem.


• Explore the Barrier Island system with expert lectures and hands-on opportunities, then wade in the sound to fish for fascinating animals.
• Get up close and personal with the animals of the Outer Banks: Fish for sea squirts, touch a sea turtle and observe birds of prey.
• At the North Carolina Aquarium, watch otters play, touch stingrays and look a shark in the eye, then go behind the scenes with aquarium staff to explore even further.

Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program. Trinity Center has many gravel paths, some slightly hilly terrain.

Coordinated by Trinity Conference Center.

Southern Outer Banks

The southern outpost of the scenic barrier islands known collectively as the "Outer Banks" is an ecologically rich region that stands in contrast to the more developed destinations in the north. This relative remoteness lends to quiet beaches, abundant wildlife and tranquil vistas.

Conference center on 62-acre island preserve, one-third mile of beachfront property. Restful surroundings, attractive meeting and dining areas.
Meals and Lodgings
   Trinity Conference Center
  Salter Path, NC 3 nights
 Trinity Conference Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Our modern conference center features attractive meeting and dining areas, double occupancy rooms (limited singles, extra charge), private bath.
  Contact info: Salter Path Road
Salter Path, NC 28575 USA
phone: 252-247-5600
  Facility amenities: Outdoor pool is available mid-May to mid-October. 1500 feet of private beach on the Atlantic Ocean (no lifeguards). Limited internet access available upon request.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $40 for the room. Meals extra. Additional nights are offered on a space available basis. Meals can be added on individually. Breakfast is $7, Lunch is $7 and Dinner is $11.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $40 for the room. Meals extra. Additional nights are offered on a space available basis. Meals can be added on individually. Breakfast is $7, Lunch is $7 and Dinner is $11.
  Check out time: 9:30 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration at 4PM. You will be staying at Trinity Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
Depart after lunch which begins at 11:30 AM. You will be staying at Trinity Conference Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking on site. Long-term parking is between 100-300 feet from rooms.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Salter Path, NC
  Nearest city or town:  Pine Knoll Shores
  Nearest highway: NC Highway 58
  Nearest airport:  New Bern Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Salter Path, NC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

Raleigh, NC


From Airport




Public Transportation
Greyhound Bus
phone: 919-834-8275
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:







You must take a taxi from the Raleigh Airport to the Greyhound Bus Terminal in Raleigh (for a cost of ~$35.) The Greyhound Bus leaves Raleigh twice a day going either to New Bern, NC or Jacksonville, NC. From Jacksonville or New Bern, you would take a taxi from the Greyhound Bus Station to Trinity Center ~$90 one-way (approx 1 hour drive).


Raleigh, NC


From Airport




None - Car Required
Various car rentals


Per Person/One Way:


$80-$110 per day
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:







The easiest way to get to Trinity Center is to fly into Raleigh Durham Airport and rent a car for your stay.

Driving Directions
  From Highway 24 or Highway 70 From Highway 70: Follow US 70 into Morehead City. Follow signs to Atlantic Beach and cross the bridge onto Bogue Banks. Turn Right at the traffic light onto Highway 58 (West Fort Macon Road). Continue approximately 7 miles. Trinity Center is on the right, between mile markers 9 and 10. (If you pass the blue water tower, you have gone too far!) From Highway 24: Follow NC 24 through Swansboro. At the Highway 24 and 58 intersection, turn right. Cross the bridge to Emerald Isle. Continue approximately 11 miles. Trinity Center is on the left, between mile markers 10 and 9 (just past the blue water tower.)
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival/Check in/Social/Orientation
(Tuesday, September 3)
 Afternoon: Check in at the Registration Office. Wine Social from 5-6pm.
 Dinner: Dinner from 6-7pm
 Evening: A short introductory program.
Accommodations: Trinity Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Live Animals
(Wednesday, September 4)
 Breakfast: Breakfast from 8-9am
 Morning: Program involving some lecture and a tour of our 62-acre reserve. Walk will cover approximately 1 mile, golf cart is available if needed.
 Lunch: Lunch from 12-1pm
 Afternoon: Program includes some lecture and then the option to get out into Bogue Sound and seine for creatures. It is also possible to enjoy the action from our beautiful teaching dock. (Timing of this program may change dependent on tides and weather.)
 Dinner: Dinner from 6-7pm
 Evening: Live animal program featuring birds of prey.
Accommodations: Trinity Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Animal Spectacular/North Carolina Aquarium/Evening Concert
(Thursday, September 5)
 Breakfast: Breakfast from 8-9 am
 Morning: Lecture and Live Animal Program featuring alligators and sea turtles!
 Lunch: Lunch from 12-1pm
 Afternoon: Field Trip and Behind the Scenes Tour of the newly remodeled NC Aquarium, including the new 306,000 gallon "Living Shipwreck" Exhibit, the largest tank in the North Carolina Aquarium system, holding a 3/4 size replica of a German U-Boat sunk off the NC Coast.
 Dinner: Dinner from 6-7 pm
 Evening: Concert by talented local musicians.
Accommodations: Trinity Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Bird Walk/Departure
(Friday, September 6)
 Breakfast: Breakfast from 8-9am
 Morning: Bird walk through maritime forest, and encompassing both beach and sound ecosystems. Golf cart can be made available for this expert led walk if requested.
 Lunch: Lunch which begins at 11:30 am
 Afternoon: Depart following lunch.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
  Salter Path, NC General Overview
There are so many cultural and natural areas of interest in coastal North Carolina. Please read about the many options at Trinity Center's website. For additional information, visit
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

A Birder's Guide to Coastal Carolina

Author: John O. Fussell III

Description: A popular destination for bird-watchers from across the country, the coastal region of North Carolina is a seasonal home to approximately 400 species of birds, some of which are found more easily here than anywhere else in the United States. A Birder's Guide to Coastal North Carolina is the first guide to the prime bird-watching spots of the Tar Heel coast and nearby areas—including national seashores, national forests and wildlife refuges, state parks and game lands, and other public areas. Written for both casual and serious birders, the book features detailed site guides to the entire coastal region, including the Outer Banks. John Fussell provides an annotated checklist, habitat information, and bar graphs indicating seasonal abundance for all regularly occurring species. The book also includes a chapter on the 140 most sought-after species on the coast. Fussell describes the best places and conditions—seasonal, weather, and tidal—for finding these popular varieties. Detailed maps of most of the major birding sites complement the text. (From

How to Read a North Carolina Beach: Bubble Holes, Barking Sands, and Rippled Runnels

Author: Orin H. Pilkey

Description: Take a walk on the beach with three coastal experts who reveal the secrets and the science of the North Carolina shoreline. What makes sea foam? What are those tiny sand volcanoes along the waterline? You'll find the answers to these questions and dozens more in this comprehensive field guide to the state's beaches, which shows visitors how to decipher the mysteries of the beach and interpret clues to an ever-changing geological story. Orrin Pilkey, Tracy Monegan Rice, and William Neal explore large-scale processes, such as the composition and interaction of wind, waves, and sand, as well as smaller features, such as bubble holes, drift lines, and black sands. In addition, coastal life forms large and small--from crabs and turtles to microscopic animals--are all discussed here. The concluding chapter contemplates the future of North Carolina beaches, considering the threats to their survival and assessing strategies for conservation. This indispensable beach book offers vacationers and naturalists a single source for learning to appreciate and preserve the natural features of a genuine state treasure. (From

Living Beaches of Georgia and the Carolinas

Author: Blair Witherington

Description: Georgia and the Carolinas beckon curious beachcombers with over 600 miles of wave-swept Atlantic coastline. These beaches offer more than a sandy stroll amidst stunning scenery—they are alive! As ever-changing ribbons of sand, these beaches foster unique life-forms and accept beguiling castaways from a vast marine wilderness. Mysteries abound. What is this odd creature? Why does the beach look this way? How did this strange item get here? Living Beaches of Georgia and the Carolinas satisfies a beachcomber’s curiosity within a comprehensive yet easily browsed guide covering beach processes, plants, animals, minerals, and manmade objects. The guide is written in a familiar style and is illustrated with distribution maps and over a thousand color photos. (From

Seaside Naturalist: A Guide to Study at the Seashore

Author: Deborah A. Coulombe

Description: Illustrated guide book to plants and animals found on the Eastern coast. This is the go to book for our education staff when faced with unknown species from the sound or the sea.

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