Family Programs

Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Time: 08:00 am - N/A

The Conservancy
700 Federal Road
Bald Head Island, North Carolina 28461
United States

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(910) 457-0089


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Bald Head Island is a true nature lover’s paradise, with miles of unspoiled beaches, maritime forest hiking trails, and tranquil salt marsh creeks. Join one of the Conservancy’s island naturalists for an up-close look at these ecosystems and the abundant flora and fauna found throughout the island. Each trip provides a unique experience and a wonderful learning opportunity for all ages.

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We strive to offer an easy online registration process. If you would like to register over the phone, please call (910) 338-0911. We look forward to exploring the island with you and your family!

Bald Head After Dark

The island takes on a very different feel as the sun goes down and darkness falls. While many of the island's critters wind down for the night, several others are just gearing up. Join us for a brief presentation about BHI's active nightlife- including bats, frogs, alligators, raccoons, and bioluminescent plankton- before heading out to find some for ourselves! Meet in the Barrier Island Study Center. Participants provide their own transportation. Reservations required (910) 338-0911. $10/member; $15/non-member

Birding BHI

Bald Head Island offers fantastic opportunities for bird watching during all seasons. 244 different species have been documented on BHI as of October 2014. On this birding tour, you will learn the basics of bird identification in a welcoming environment for experts and novices alike. Locations are determined by tides, weather, and recent sightings. Golf cart transportation is required. Binoculars and birding field guides will be provided for the trip. Meet in the Barrier Island Study Center. Reservations required (910) 338-0911. $15/member; $20/non-member

Crabbing and Cast-netting

Perfect the art of crabbing and cast- netting! Grab the entire family, and prepare to get your hands muddy! Crab lines, bait, dip nets, crab traps, and cast nets are provided. Please note that we practice catch and release. Meet at the Village Creek Access. Reservations required (910) 338-0911. $10/member; $15/non-member

Hands-on Dissections

Join BHI Conservancy staff for an introduction to the laboratory setting and basic anatomy. Specimens range from squid to sea stars, supplied by Carolina Biological. This introductory lesson is great for all ages. $20 per specimen, families can work together. Reservations required (910) 338-0911. $15/member; $20/non-member

Ibis Sanctuary Exploration

Explore the quiet solitude of Middle Island while visiting the Ibis Lake Sanctuary, a protected area of land that is private and only accessible with BHI Conservancy staff. This spectacular roosting amidst beautiful scenery is a must-see on the island. We recommend bringing a camera! Meet at the Barrier Island Study Center. Binoculars are provided for the trip. Reservations required (910) 338-0911. $15/member; $20/non-member

Island Nature Tours

Join professional naturalists on a guided tour of Bald Head Island. Each tour includes transportation to, from, and around Bald Head Island, as well as a barrier island ecology tour, which will focus on the best wildlife areas for the season you are visiting. Take the opportunity to see birds, mammals, reptiles, and other amazing animals while exploring BHI's pristine beach, maritime forest, and salt marsh. Reservations required (910) 338-0911. $15/member; $20/non-member

Kayaking the Creeks

Explore the unspoiled creeks of Bald Head Island on a guided trip with BHI Conservancy staff. Learn about the beauty and importance of the salt marsh. Each trip offers a unique perspective of BHI and great views of wildlife; this is a must-do before you leave the island! Double kayaks are used and children must be accompanied by an adult. Trips are tide and weather dependent. Meet at the Village Creek Access on Federal Road. PFDs, paddles, and kayaks will be provided. Please bring a water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, hat, and clothes that can get muddy and slightly damp. Reservations required (910) 338-0911. $40/member; $55/non-member

Sea Turtle Ride Along

Ride along with BHI Conservancy staff to get a firsthand look at what it's like to conduct a saturation tagging program. Participate in our 32nd year of sea turtle conservation, and you might have the chance to witness a nesting sea turtle or hatching nest. This program is open to all ages, with children under eight years old requiring an adult chaperone. Because of transportation restrictions, only two peopl can participate per night. We reserve the right to reschedule the program, or cancel with a full refund in the event of inclement weather or circumstances beyond our control. Reservations required (910) 338-0911. $125/member; $175/non-member

Turtle Walks

We are granted permission to conduct Turtle Walks through a special state permit that restricts us to a small group in order to protect this natural resource. Turtle Walks are only available to BHI Conservancy members, and they are our way of saying thank you for your support. Due to limited space, Turtle Walks fill up very quickly. Reservations and proof of membership are required for this prorgam. Meet in the Barrier Island Study Center for a brief presentaiton about the BHI Conservancy's renowned sea turtle protection program and sea turtle biology. Following the presentation, guests will accompany naturalists to potentially view a nesting or hatching sea turtle event. Become a member or renew your membership today! Offered nightly from May-September. Free with membership purchase.