Eastern National: Your Partner for Park Philanthropy
For 70 years, Eastern National has diligently supported national parks and other public lands through a variety of methods, each specifically designed to provide parks with valuable resources that enhance visitor experiences. We are pleased to invite you to join us in fulfilling this mission through our current philanthropic partnerships with Outer Banks sites: Cape Hatteras NS, Fort Raleigh NHS, and Wright Brothers NM.
Outer Banks Forever
Protecting these special places for future generations
Outer Banks Forever was created to address the need for additional support for the Outer Banks Group of national parks–Wright Brothers National Memorial, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. By raising funds and public awareness, and building a broad coalition of support, we enrich the visitor experience and protect and preserve these valuable sites for future generations. Outer Banks Forever provides funding in four primary areas:
- Youth Education
- Visitor Experience
- Science and research
- Historic Preservation
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Known for its stunning and ever-changing shoreline, America’s first national seashore welcomes millions of visitors annually. Many visitors return year after year to the pristine beauty of the barrier islands to create a lifetime of memories. Here, along the 70-mile expanse of beach, marshes, sand dunes and woodlands, visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, surfing, kite flying and even a lighthouse climb.
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
The mystery of the vanishing of the first 16th century English colony in the New World remains unsolved. Visitors to Fort Raleigh can observe the reconstructed earthen fort and enjoy the dramatization of “The Lost Colony,” a theatrical event telling the story of the early settlers on Roanoke Island. Visitors can also learn more about the first inhabitants, the Algonquian and later, the African Americans who settled here, creating the Freedmen’s Colony.
Wright Brothers National Memorial
The first national memorial to be developed on the Outer Banks celebrates the ingenuity, determination, and courage of Orville and Wilbur Wright. The brothers’ keen imagination, combined with practical experience in their bicycle shop in Ohio, helped them to be “first in flight” at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903. Their achievements continue to have global impact on aviation, technology, and space exploration. Visitors to the national memorial can view reproductions of the camp buildings, see a replica of the 1903 flyer, and enjoy the newly remodeled visitor center.