View across the marsh at Bodie Island on Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

View across the marsh at Bodie Island on Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Outer Banks Forever is doing some heavy lifting to support our parks that are so much a part of local life.

Living here, we almost take for granted how remarkable it is to have Cape Hatteras National Seashore, our country’s first national seashore, the site of the first powered flight—the Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, the location of the first attempt by the English to colonize the Americas.

It takes a lot to support them. The Federal government does what it can, but there is a limit to what can be done from Washington, DC.

And that’s were Outer Banks Forever enters the picture. The organization is the local nonprofit that is parented with the local national parks to take on projects that for a variety of reason, are not funded on the national level.

They have some great projects on the books. Adopt a Sea Turtle Nest, webcams, digital learning, an artist in residence proposal and many more

As an organization, Outer Banks Forever started its work just three or four years ago, but the work that is being done is getting noticed on a national level.

Strong Parks, Strong Communities Grant

The National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, recently award their Strong Parks, Strong Communities capacity building grant to 36 national park partner organizations.

And yes, Outer Banks Forever was one of them.

We have not heard yet how large the grant is or how it will be used. Jessica Barnes Green, the Executive Director of the organization has indicated it will be part of an ongoing online outreach.

Our Outer Banks national parks are truly something to be treasured. The beauty and diversity of CHNS has to be experienced to be truly appreciated. The Wright Brothers story is a classic American tale of perseverance and perspiration. Fort Raleigh is so much more than just an archeological dig; it is also the location of The Lost Colony production and the Elizabethan Gardens.

The Outer Banks offers visitors so much to do that it can seem overwhelming. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to explore when you reserve your Brindley Beach Vacations home.