Rachel Carson Reserve Field Trips

Summer Public Field Trips on the Rachel Carson Reserve


Public field trips on the Rachel Carson component of the N.C. National Estuarine Research Reserve occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-10:30am during June, July and August. All programs are open and free to the public but reservations and telephone confirmation of reservation is required at least the day before the field trip as boat space is limited. Call (252) 838-0883 to make reservations or for more information.

The Reserve offers three types of field trips:

  1. Nature hikes occur during low tides, when the most amount of land is exposed on the island. Be prepared to get your shoes wet and muddy. We require close-toed shoes because of the abundance of oysters on the island. You may also have the opportunity to swim on the nature hike, so dress accordingly.
  2. Boardwalk trips occur at high tide, when the water is high enough in the estuary for our 24’ skiff to easily navigate around the island to our boardwalk located on Carrot Island.
  3. Circumnavigation cruise on our 24’ skiff around the Reserve allows visitors a chance to view Middle Marsh after a brief stop at the boardwalk.
On all three trips, we encourage you to bring sunglasses, hats, binoculars, water and sunscreen.
All field trips are free, however, we do accept donations for our nonprofit organization, Friends of the Reserve (FOR).


NOAA-NERR Administration Building - 101 Pivers Island Rd - Beaufort, NC 28516
  • From HWY 70 W: proceed through Morehead City downtown (30 mile/hour zone), over the high rise bridge by the port.
  • Make your 2nd right (there are two right turn lanes) onto Pivers Island Rd. If you get to the Beaufort drawbridge, you’ve gone too far. You’ll see small signs on the HWY that say NOAA and Duke Marine Lab.
  • Go over a small bridge with a security gate (gate will be open).
  • Once over the bridge, you’ll see a large two story white building on the left, this is where we meet for the field trip. Park in the lot directly in front of the building or in the lot to the right. There is a large NOAA circle logo on the building.
  • We will meet you in front of the building starting at 8:15am.

2012 Summer Public Field Trips

June 2012June 12 Tuesday: Nature Hike
June 14, Thursday: Nature Hike
June 19, Tuesday: Rachel Carson Circumnavigation Cruise
June 21, Thursday: Boardwalk Trip
June 26, Tuesday: Nature Hike
June 28, Thursday: Nature Hike
July 2012July 10, Tuesday: Nature Hike
July 12, Thursday: Nature hike
July 17, Tuesday: Rachel Carson Circumnavigation Cruise
July 19, Thursday: Rachel Carson Circumnavigation Cruise
July 24, Tuesday: Nature Hike
July 26, Thursday: Nature Hike
July 31, Tuesday: Boardwalk Trip
August 2012August 2, Thursday: Rachel Carson Circumnavigation Cruise
August 7, Tuesday: Nature Hike
August 9, Thursday: Nature Hike
August 14, Tuesday: Boardwalk Trip
August 16, Thursday: Rachel Carson Circumnavigation Cruise
August 21, Tuesday: Boardwalk Trip
August 23, Thursday: Nature Hike
August 28, Tuesday: Boardwalk Trip
August 30, Thursday: Boardwalk Trip

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