Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Jockey's Ridge State Park. Check the Events calendar for more information. To arrange a special exploration of Jockey's Ridge State Park for your group or class, contact the park office.
Educational materials about Jockey's Ridge State Park have been developed for grades 4-6 and are correlated to North Carolina's competency-based curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts. The Jockey's Ridge program introduces students to the environment of a sand dune and the plants and animals that live on and around it. Major concepts covered include adaptations, animal signs and natural area preservation. Accompanying the program is a teacher's booklet and workshop, free of charge to educators.
Learn more about the natural, cultural and historical history of Jockey's Ridge State Park and the Outer Banks at the park's exhibit hall. Find out what dunes are made of, how they are created and how they are shaped. Research the history of storms and their influences on park dunes and on the Outer Banks. Learn about the plants and animals of Jockey's Ridge and about their role in the park now and how they were used in earlier days. Find out more about the various activities available on the dune. Ever wonder where the names 'Kill Devil Hills' and 'Nags Head' came from? Visit the exhibit hall to find out more about these and other legends, including Blackbeard's treasure.
The exhibit hall is located in the park visitor's center and is open from 8am until 5pm daily. Exhibits include:
- A diorama that depicts what happens at night when the park is closed and the wildlife comes out to takes over the dune.
- A computer program that allows visitors to see how the rising sea level created the Outer Banks and its dunes.
- A computer program that allows visitors to research the weather at Jockey's Ridge.
- Several matching games that allow visitors to match tracks to the animals that created them, dune names to their locations across the country, dune shapes to the shape's name, and leaf shapes to the corresponding plants.
- A display of fulgurites, the glass tubes formed when lightning strikes a dune.
Jockey's Ridge State Park
November - February: 8am - 6pm
March, April: 8am - 8pm
September: 8am - 9pm
October: 8am - 8pm
May - August: 8am - 9pm
Closed Christmas Day
Sound Side Access Gate
October-March: 8am - 5pm
April-September: 8am - 7pm
Park Visitor Center
November - February: 9am - 5pm
March - October: 9am - 6pm