Just when the pace at the Pier seemed to slow down for winter, a new flurry of projects and events blew in!
On Monday, Feb. 4, a bottlenose dolphin skeleton exhibit will go up in the pier house lobby. An accompanying digital display, paid for with a grant from the Outer Banks Community Foundation, will teach visitors about these warm-blooded animals and showcase the work of the OBX Center for Dolphin Research and the Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Just last month, our first response team assisted with a common dolphin stranding near the Pier.
On Tuesday, Feb. 5, the Pier will host a Star Party organized by the nearby Coastal Studies Institute from 6 to 9 p.m. The stargazing event is open to the community and features interactive planetarium showings, children’s activities and use of telescopes.
And at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, a creative spectacle called Caine’s Arcade takes center stage at Nags Head Elementary School. The project was initiated by the Pier’s Education Curator, Christin Brown, who was inspired by a California boy's YouTube video. This low-tech, low-cost project has exploded with the school's second-grade students. They've worked in groups to build elaborate games from cardboard boxes, and hope to thrill their parents with what they've accomplished.