Barrier Island Ecology walk will include walking approximately .5 miles on sandy, uneven paths at a slow to moderate pace. A golf cart will be available.
In the Conference dining room, enjoy a buffet, plus coffee, tea, juice, milk, water.
Where are you? Enjoy a lecture with a staff naturalist about the barrier island system we call the Outer Banks. A narrow stretch of barrier islands along the North Carolina coast, the Outer Banks have a long history from the Roanoke Colony to the site of the Wright Brothers first successful flight in 1903. Then we take our knowledge outside for a barrier island ecology walk with our naturalist. Learn about the beautiful barrier island beach and estuary setting of our 62-acre reserve.
In the Conference dining room, enjoy a buffet plus coffee, tea (hot/iced/sweetened/unsweetened), milk, water.
We set out for a field trip via 15-passenger vans to the historic Swansboro, North Carolina, founded in 1783, for a walking exploration of the “Friendly City by the Sea.” Offering a historic downtown overlooking the water, our field trip also includes a visit to the 150-year-old home known as the “Octagon House.” Once the land of an Indian camping ground – having found pottery and shell beds along the banks – the property was granted to Thomas Lee by King George III in 1713.
Dining room buffet.
Today’s modern English language is steeped in the history and culture of past generations. Among the most significant influences on our language has been that of ancient mariners, whose nautical expressions have worked their way into our everyday conversations. We will be joined by an author and historian who will “show you the ropes” in his program that explores the etymology (word origins) of these words and phrases, and offers many surprising examples of “Nautical Terms in Everyday Use.”