Celebrate Grandparent’s Day by combing the beach at Fort Fisher

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Sea cockleshell. Photo courtesy Cape Fear Museum.
Sea cockleshell. (Photo courtesy Cape Fear Museum.)

People often have special plans for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, but Grandparent’s Day often gets overlooked. With the help of the North Carolina State Parks system, making plans is a little easier this year, as all parks in the system are celebrating the weekend of Sept. 9 through 11.

At Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, a free “Beachcombing 101” program is being offered on Saturday, Sept. 10, starting at 9 a.m. The program aims show the kinds of things that can be washed ashore.

“We’ll do a small presentation inside about what you can find on the beach, such as shells and sea glass and shark teeth,” said Park Ranger Alyssa Taylor. “Then we’ll don’t a short walk on the beach to see if we can find any of those things.”

The activities are suitable for all ages, as participants will be walking a small portion of the beach near the visitors center.

“We’re not doing a 10-mile hike or anything,” Taylor said. “The beach area we’ll be combing is flat, so there won’t be any strenuous activity.”

According to Taylor, the event is planned around low tide, which makes it easier and better for beachcombing. The entire program is supposed to take around an hour, but Taylor said that schedule is flexible.

“It all depends on what we find,” Taylor said, adding that participants are free to roam the beach further after the official program is over. “We really just want to help people be aware of the different items and animals they can find in a beach habitat.”

Those interested in attending the event can make reservations by calling Fort Fisher State Recreation Area at 910-458-5798.