16519
North Carolina

Exploring the Southern Outer Banks: North Carolina’s National Lands

Learn the story of Fort Macon, visit a working lighthouse, explore Croatan National Forest and immerse yourself in history, nature and tradition as you discover the Outer Banks.
Rating (5)
Program No. 16519RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
749

At a Glance

Filled with fascinating natural and human stories, North Carolina’s Outer Banks hold a treasure trove of historic landmarks and national park lands. Hear local historians share a look at the region’s role in World War II history and the importance of its grand lighthouses, and delve into stories passed down from generations of native residents. Join naturalists for explorations of parklands and reserves, including the Croatan National Forest — one of the most undisturbed sites of longleaf pine savannah and home to more than 100 rare species.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles on gravel paths with slightly hilly terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Journey to an uninhabited barrier island to learn how the Rachel Carson Research Reserve tracks the health of estuaries and water quality.
  • Explore the Keeper’s House at Cape Lookout National Seashore, home to one of North Carolina’s last working lighthouses.
  • Trace the history of Fort Macon, from the Civil War to its role defending against German U-Boats in World War II.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs).
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Rodney Kemp
A crowd-pleaser and proven spellbinder of adults and children alike, Rodney Kemp is a local boy who managed to remember all those tales he heard while growing up. Born in Knoxville, Tenn., Rodney earned a degree in journalism from Texas Tech University. He became a teacher and taught at Newport Elementary School and West Carteret High School, and is a member and chairman of the Carteret County Board of Education. An avid sportsman, Rodney has completed the running of 12 marathons since 1982.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Rodney Kemp
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