What you'll do
[Winter Advisory: Please message me about possible tour dates during January, February, & March.] Your 3-hour boat tour begins from the Beaufort Waterfront and ventures into remote areas of the Rachel Carson Reserve that are not accessible by the local ferry operators. You'll observe dolphins, sea turtles, shorebirds, and wild horses during your transit along the shores and tidal creeks of the Rachel Carson Reserve. I'll guide your exploration of the natural history, flora, and fauna as we journey along tidal flats & stroll along sandy beaches or the upland growth of maritime forests. You'll learn about the horse history of the Reserve's most famous residents as we observe these equine marvels feeding and interacting along the edges of tidal marsh. We'll also observe osprey, eagles, and shorebirds that feed and gather throughout this pristine ecosystem and learn about the vital role Rachel Carson played in their survival. The Reserve is located along the Atlantic Flyway and provides a resting & refueling point for numerous migratory birds. You'll have ample opportunities to capture nature with your camera and to collect seashells washed ashore during the last tide. I'll also provide an overview of what we're learning from the various research projects being conducted in the Reserve. Your tour ends where we began.
Miriam Sutton/Science By The Sea
As a member of the Reserve's Advisory Board and my collaboration with local researchers, I am knowledgeable of the Reserve's history and ecosystem as well as the projects being conducted throughout the Reserve. As a former middle school science teacher, I have led tours through the Rachel Carson Reserve for 20+ years. I have extensive knowledge of the maritime history and coastal dynamics along the southern outer banks of North Carolina. As a certified boat captain (USCG-OUPV), I can provide a stress-free excursion allowing you to focus on the tranquility and beauty of the Reserve's unique ecosystem. As a science and nature photographer, I can assist you in finding unique compositions during your tour.
About the organization
Science by the Sea
Science by the Sea is a 501c3 organization designed to inspire a sense of wonder in the world around us by providing educational support to Academic and General Audiences while assisting Research Institutions with broader impacts through Education, Communication, and Outreach. (A portion of the fees collected for tours are donated to the Rachel Carson Estuarine Research Reserve's non-profit.)
This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Science by the Sea.
Light snacks are provided during your tour.
Water is provided during your tour.
My 18 foot Jones Brothers Bateau allows easy access to remote areas of the Reserve.
PFD Jackets will be provided
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Where you'll be
The Rachel Carson Reserve is one of 10 coastal reserves in North Carolina and is comprised of 4 main islands and tidal marsh totaling over 2300 acres. Your tour will allow you access to each island; Carrot, Horse, Town Marsh, and Bird Shoal and includes areas not accessible by local ferries. You'll explore the local history and the environmental contributions of the Reserve's namesake and view the historic Beaufort Waterfront from Taylor's Creek.
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 2 guests ages 18 and up can attend. A stop along the Beaufort Waterfront for lunch or a snack can also be added to the end of your tour. (Waterfront lunch/snack costs are not included in the tour fee.)
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
Miriam has been guiding visitors through the Rachel Carson Reserve for 20+ years and is very knowledgeable of the diverse ecosystems found throughout the Reserve and the area's natural history. An option to stop along the Beaufort Waterfront for lunch can also be added to the end of your tour.
Rachel Carson Reserve's Insider Guide