Discover periods of history through stories and examples of life and livelihoods. (Historic Somerset Place, Historic Newbold-White House, Cupola House pictured).
As the bell rings in the 2010-2011 school year, there are many more educational choices to include on your next Outer Banks’ field trip. Tourism representatives from the sixteen Northeastern counties of North Carolina have developed itineraries that give visitors reasons to stop along the way. With little or no cost, these experiences that are rich in history and environmental education can revive your annual field trip to the Outer Banks.
Discover Your Future in Our Past
North Carolina’s Northeast region includes a wealth of educational gems. The treasure of knowledge and experiences are found within the historical and environmental programs en route to the Outer Banks. The new itineraries showcase “hubs” or communities that can support the group tours with hotel accommodations and restaurants and “spokes,” the smaller communities that host programs and historical sites enriching every experience. This hub and spoke concept has created day trips throughout the region, discovering rural jewels of information.
Ideally, the itineraries give new choices and additional program ideas to the Outer Banks’ destination field trip. Students can discover the beginnings of Roanoke Island and then travel inland to experience additional periods of history from native American programs to colonial period plantations, homes and towns. Discover how means of early transportation, including the intra-coastal waterway and canal systems, formed so many waterfront towns.
Get Your Feet Wet Before You Reach the Beach
North Carolina’s Northeast is a region of firsts, experience all periods of history from America’s beginnings through revolutions and war, mark your map through the places that Blackbeard lived and traveled. All of this history still impacts this part of rural North Carolina through architecture, agriculture and a way of life. (Revolutionary War, Historic Halifax, Civil War Living History pictures)
Water is elemental and essential to all life. Reconnecting with the water does something for the spirit. The wetlands of North Carolina’s Northeast region and the communities within it came into existence because of the rivers, sounds, creeks, swamps and estuaries located here. These waters have fed, transported, entertained, soothed and employed people in this area for centuries, even back to the first settlers on Roanoke Island.
The Learning Adventure Outfitter – Discover the Wild Side on Your Outer Banks Field Trip
Understand the completeness of eco-systems by visiting the NC Estuarium in Washington then navigate along the rivers and sounds to your ocean destination. There are many state parks and national wildlife refuges in the region that support their conservation work with educational programs. Learn about the coastal habitat and the creatures that make it their home. Hear the endangered red wolves howl and see how wildlife survived on these protected lands.
Environmental programs are available on trails, boardwalks and waterways. Explore eco-systems with a canoeing or kayaking trip along the Albemarle Sound or Merchants Millpond. Your experience will be educational, recreational and a lifelong memory for your students. And before you fly away, visit Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Center for an educational tree house program or tour the world through a park of unique birds and their habitats.
Memories and Experiences for a Life Time
If your educational goal is to create learners with hands-on activities, this can be achieved through activities within North Carolina’s Northeast region. Personal, small day trips make the Outer Banks’ experience more meaningful. It also creates a holistic approach to learning instead of the typical trip that attempts to include all of the Outer Banks’ highlights. Incorporate the stops along the way to make the Outer Banks trip more meaningful and significant to all of North Carolina’s history.
Group Tour Itineraries are available online at www.visitncne.com. For more information call 888 872-8562 or email [email protected].