By the end of June I will be proficient in the Ocean Center’s existing programming which includes learning the ocean ecology (tides, surf, sound, critters), salt marsh ecosystems, and Hatteras culture and history (pirates, wars, fishing, coast guard)
- I will research anything and everything Hatteras and Outer Banks
- I will create notecards for every program, laminate and bind together to use for constant studying and for reference when running programs
- I will comb the beach and sound to look for and identify cool shells and critters in my free time
- I will adhere to local life behavior to gain a fuller understanding of island life, including going barefoot for an entire day and eating at a restaurant in just my bathing suit
Objective 1a, 1c, & 1d - Lots and Lots of Research, Beach-combing & Livin' it Up!
What have I learned? Lots! Especially that the ocean is such a cool place and that since I live by the Graveyard of the Atlantic, shipwrecks just wash up on the beach
Objective 1b - Laminated & Bound Reference Cards
I have many more than pictured here but these are for the programs that I run weekly. I plan on leaving them at the Center so that future interns may get some use from them and that it will ease the job training process, especially for those, who like myself aren't scientifically inclined, will have an easier transition.
They are laminated so they can be taken into the marsh where many of our programs take place!
The Center has 8 mini-programs (15-30 minutes long) & 7 main programs (1-2 hours long)
After learning all the programs the HIOC has to offer I settled into a weekly routine of programs that included Nature & Art, Let's Get Crabby, CCC, and Kayak Nature Tour. I also had daily shifts at the front desk welcoming and directing customers in addition to research time where I read local folklore and pirate history.
Nature & Art
"Visitors will learn about recycling and pollution and its effects on the ecosystem of Hatteras Island and elsewhere. You will then create a piece of ocean themed art that reflects what you have learned. You will be able to take your art home with you as a reminder of your experience!"
Kayak Nature Tour
"Come see the diverse wildlife of our salt marsh up close and personal as we kayak through the wetland in our own backyard! Our guides will make sure you get the most out of what our wetlands have to offer. Kayaks and safety equipment will be provided. Tandem and single kayaks are available. Sunscreen and bug spray are recommended. All levels of kayaking ability are welcome."
Let's Get Crabby
"Come catch blue crabs with our energetic and informative staff from our marsh walk. You will be introduced to different species of crabs as well as crabbing techniques. Then you’ll try your hand at catching the blue crabs. Fun for all ages! All necessary equipment provided."
Campfires, Crabs, & Constellations (CCC)
"Relax around the campfire with an iconic Hatteras sunset and an exceptional stargazing experience. Learn about Outer Banks history, legends, and nighttime beach creatures underneath some of the darkest skies you’ll find along the East Coast. Both kids and adults will enjoy searching for ghost crabs in the tide, eating s’mores, and laying back under the Milky Way."