Field Trips

Expand your knowledge of local areas by connecting with the people & places that make Pine Knoll Shores, NC memorable. All field trips are optional and will be hosted in person on the morning of Sunday, October 30th. Field trips are purchased with your registration (registration is required to attend). Trip details will be sent to registrants closer to the conference date.

Ft. Macon State Park Guided Eco-Tour
2303 E. Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
Start time: 10 am. Duration: Approx. 1-1.5 hrs
Cost: $10/person

Join us on a guided hike through Fort Macon State Park’s beautiful landscape! The park has multiple personalities as the site of a perfectly restored Antebellum-era fort, a museum-quality coastal education center, and an unspoiled shoreline for swimming, surf fishing, and beachcombing. Nearly surrounded by water at the eastern tip of Bogue Banks, the park offers undisturbed natural beauty and opportunities to explore and learn about salt marshes, estuaries, and dune fields. The fort has a history as intricate and unique as the ecosystem.

Bonehenge Whale Center Insiders Tour
275 West Beaufort Rd Extension, Beaufort, NC 28516
Start time: 10:30 am. Duration: Approx. 2 hrs
Cost: $10/person. Max of 15 people.

The Bonehenge Whale Center in Beaufort, NC is a facility from which to base research, exhibit preparation and display, marine conservation, educational programming, outreach, publications, and stranded specimen collection & maintenance that focus on NC cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), past and present. A member of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network, Bonehenge is a truly unique facility managed almost completely by volunteers who are passionate about marine mammal conservation and protecting our oceans. Join us as we learn about the important preservation work they do daily.

Registration is very limited and will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Alternative field trip options will be offered to those who cannot attend. Per Bonehenge’s request, all attendees must be fully vaccinated against covid19.

Duke University Marine Lab Tour
135 Duke Marine Lab Road, Beaufort, NC 28516
Rachel Carson Reserve
Start time: 9:30 am. Duration: Approx. 1-2 hrs
Cost: $10/person. Min: 8; Max: 14

Join us on a boat ride with professors/researchers from the Duke University Marine Lab! Learn about the important contributions they make to marine conservation in their daily research and enjoy a walk through the beautiful Rachel Carson Reserve.

The Duke University Marine Lab is a year-round coastal campus in Beaufort, N.C. and is home to research, teaching and student life facilities. The Marine Lab strives to be at the forefront of understanding marine environmental systems, their conservation, and their governance through leadership in research, training and communication. The Rachel Carson Reserve is a beautiful natural area with a diverse array of coastal habitats and wildlife, including several migratory birds, river otters, gray fox, and wild horses!

Registration is limited and will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Alternative field trip options will be offered to those who cannot attend. Participants should arrive prepared to get their feet wet and be dressed for being outside.