What role do oceans play in our daily lives? How will we rely on them in years to come? These are just some of the questions that are prompted by World Oceans Day, which was first recognized in 2008 and which will be marked this coming Saturday. At Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina, rangers will be exploring some of those questions.
Around the globe World Oceans Day is a day for people around the globe to celebrate ocean resources. World Oceans Day programs at Cape Hatteras are free and do not require reservations:
* 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Hatteras Island: Our Ocean - Explore the wild side of our ocean at an interactive discovery table. Join a ranger to touch turtle shells, whale bones and much more as you discover how life in our ocean is tied to our lives on land. Meet just outside the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Visitor Center.
* 11 a.m., Ocracoke Island: Barrier Island Nature (30 min) - Discover more about the plants, animals, and shifting sands of the Outer Banks. Meet at the Ocracoke Visitor Center.
* 2:30 p.m., Bodie Island: The Ocean and the Next Generation (1 hour) - Join a ranger for an afternoon walk along the beach and learn about the future role of our oceans in providing food, recreational opportunities, and critical habitat for endangered species. Find local marine life and discover their roles in the surrounding ocean ecosystem of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Bring sunscreen, water, bug spray, and a hat. Meet at the Coquina Beach parking lot.
* 3 p.m., Hatteras Island: Ocean Discovery Walk (1 hour) - Join a ranger for a walk to the beach and discover the nature of the ocean. Learn about oceanography, coastal geology, and the key roles our oceans play in sustaining life on earth. Bring sunscreen, water, and a hat. Meet at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Pavilion.