Hatteras Island Ocean Center, Hatteras Island

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Our Goals

Engage with the local community and provide students and volunteers opportunities to collaborate with organizations and schools in citizen science projects and community outreach events.

Provide research and educational opportunities to Hampden-Sydney College(H-SC) Students through experiential learning and service projects that enhance the Ocean Center's programs.

Provide H-SC students and volunteers opportunities to lead educational nature programs that demonstrate the importance of wildlife conservation.


Please come view the exhibits, experience the wetlands and coastal forest, attend our programs and events, and use our ocean access. www.hioceancenter.org.

The Ocean Center is a part of the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway which stretches across North Carolina’s Bodie, Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, Down East and the Pamlico Sound. www.outerbanksscenicbyway.org.
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  • We did the campfire, crabs, and constellations program in July 2021. Very affordable and a great program (for two adults and a 6th grader who also found it interesting). They are clearly used to...  more »
  • This was our second year kayaking in the marsh and sound with the Hatteras Island Ocean Center. I have only been kayaking twice before and was able to successfully navigate the waters even with a...  more »
  • Love this place!! The director took us to the sound to seine for creatures. Our 3 year old grandson thoroughly enjoyed it. And there are no words to describe how happy it made us to see him learning about the importance of preserving the resources of this area. Go to the Ocean Center!
  • Such a lovely center with great staff! This is the perfect place to go on a relaxing day for a fun, educational experience. Very kid-friendly!

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