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Rachel Carson Reserve's Insider Guide

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 11 reviews.Beaufort, United States

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Experience hosted by Miriam Sutton/Science By The Sea

3 hours
Includes food, drinks, transportation, equipment
Up to 2 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

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Your 3-hour boat tour begins on the Beaufort Waterfront and ventures into remote areas of the Rachel Carson Reserve not accessible by the local ferry operators. You'll observe dolphins, turtles, shorebirds, and wild horses during your transit along the shores and tidal creeks of the Reserve. I'll guide your exploration of the natural history, flora, and fauna as we journey through tidal flats & stroll along sandy beaches and upland growth of maritime forests. You'll learn about the horse history of the Reserve's most famous residents and observe these equine marvels feeding and interacting along the edges of tidal marsh. We'll also observe osprey, eagles, & shorebirds that feed and gather in this pristine ecosystem and explore the vital role Rachel Carson played in their survival. Located along the Atlantic Flyway, the Reserve provides a resting & refueling point for numerous migratory birds. You'll have ample opportunities to capture nature with your camera & collect seashells cast 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
New to 2020! Sunset/Lunar Tours (featured during New and Full Moon phases). Look for the afternoon times on the calendar.
Your 3-hour boat tour begins on the Beaufort Waterfront and ventures into remote areas of the Rachel Carson Reserve not accessible by the local ferry operators. You'll observe dolphins, turtles, shorebirds, and wild horses during your transit along the shores and tidal creeks of the Reserve. I'll guide your exploration of…

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What's included

  • Food
    Light snacks are provided during your tour.
  • Drinks
    Water is provided during your tour.
  • Transportation
    My 18 foot Jones Brothers Bateau allows easy access to remote areas of the...
  • Equipment
    PFD Jackets will be provided
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Thu, Oct 29
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
$50 per person
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Fri, Oct 30
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
$50 per person
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Mon, Nov 2
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$50 per person
$50 per person

Meet your host, Miriam Sutton/Science By The Sea

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 11 Reviews
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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.
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 s…
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About the organization: Science by the Sea



Science by the Sea (sciencebythesea.org) is a 501c3 organization that provides educational support to Academic & 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.

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.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 11 reviews.

Heather
September 2020
My husband and I really enjoyed the tour. Even with the light rain, the tour was memorable and Mirism was very knowledgeable and took us to places we never would have been able to explore or see using a ferry service. The icing on the cake was at the end of ourtour being able to see the "locals" up close! Definitely a trip I would recommend!
My husband and I really enjoyed the tour. Even with the light rain, the tour was memorable and Mirism was very knowledgeable and took us to places we never would have been able to…
Andrea
March 2020
This tour was the absolute highlight of our weekend in Beaufort! Miriam was knowledgeable and committed to the reserve. It definitely felt like a once-in-a-lifetime chance to walk on recently formed new sand shoals, see the feral horses, and enjoy the sunshine and the view from her small boat.
This tour was the absolute highlight of our weekend in Beaufort! Miriam was knowledgeable and committed to the reserve. It definitely felt like a once-in-a-lifetime chance to walk…
Lynn
March 2020
Miriam's tour was the highlight of our long weekend in Beaufort. She is engaging, deeply informed, and able to seamlessly adjust her language and presentation to meet different baselines of knowledge. We both asked a bunch of questions, and we never once felt silly or judged for what we didn't know. We were thrilled to get to see the horses and a pair of dolphins at pretty close range, which I can only assume is easier when you're in a small boat and such a small group, and we collected more large, unfractured shells in about fifteen minutes than we did over the course of a few hours at Atlantic Beach. If this is the kind of activity that you might enjoy, you should definitely book Miriam's tour!
Miriam's tour was the highlight of our long weekend in Beaufort. She is engaging, deeply informed, and able to seamlessly adjust her language and presentation to meet different bas…
Helen
March 2020
Miriam was extremely knowledgeable and personable. I felt guided by a true expert. The boat tour fun and very enjoyable and made me want to tour with her again ( and I will next time!)
Monica
February 2020
Amazing experience! So worth the price. Completely unique experience. Miriam is so passionate and so knowledgeable. We got up close and personal with horses, birds, and dolphins! This is far more extensive than any boat tour I’ve done in the area. We learned a lot about the preserve and the wildlife and vegetation. Miriam had an answer for every single question about what we saw. She also knows all about Beaufort. She also seemed to genuinely care about our experience and brought along hot cocoa. I asked if she could do this at the beginning of February and even though it was cold with the wind blowing, she told us to bundle up ahead of time, so we felt toasty and enjoyed the ride. We really felt we got away from our busy lives. It was beautiful. Would recommend highly.
Amazing experience! So worth the price. Completely unique experience. Miriam is so passionate and so knowledgeable. We got up close and personal with horses, birds, and dolphins! T…
George
November 2019
This tour is fantastic and a must for anyone interested in the outer banks, why they exist, how storms affect the islands, what they do and the ecosystem on them. Her knowledge of the subject was very deep coming from a background in teaching science to High School Students and having lived here for many years. She even goes out on the islands and helps care for the animals and cleans the beach. She will take you on several beach landings and teach you about that area and answer any questions you have. We asked many questions about the environment and animals and she was spot on with them all. At the end of the tour she went above and beyond to make sure we got everything out of the tour we wanted even though it added more time to the trip. She made sure we saw everything. I would HIGHLY recommend this trip to anyone but especially anyone interested in the environment and any students old enough to understand the complexities of the ecosystems of the outer banks.
This tour is fantastic and a must for anyone interested in the outer banks, why they exist, how storms affect the islands, what they do and the ecosystem on them. Her knowledge o…

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  • Thu, Oct 29
    4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    $50 per person
  • Fri, Oct 30
    4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    $50 per person
  • Mon, Nov 2
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    $50 per person
  • Tue, Nov 3
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    $50 per person
  • Wed, Nov 4
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    $50 per person
  • Thu, Nov 5
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    $50 per person
  • Fri, Nov 6
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    $50 per person
  • Sun, Nov 8
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    $50 per person

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

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Guest requirements

Up to 2 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

More tips

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. Her tours are designed for 2 adults, ages 18 and up.

What to bring

Sunscreen

Hat/Cap/Sunglasses