Rachel Carson Reserve's Insider Guide

Beaufort, United States

Experience hosted by Miriam Sutton/Science By The Sea

3 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This Host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 2 people
Includes food, drinks, transportation and equipment

What you'll do

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 & tidal creeks of the Reserve. I'll guide your exploration of the natural history & ecosystem as we journey through tidal flats, sandy beaches, & upland growth of maritime forests. You'll learn about the history of the Reserve's most famous residents (i.e. , horses) and observe the equine marvels feeding and interacting along the edges of tidal marsh. We'll observe ospreys, 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 or collect seashells cast ashore with the tides. I'll also provide an overview of the various research projects being conducted in the Reserve. Your tour ends where we began. Sunset Tours are also available. Look for the late afternoon times on the calendar. (Miriam has been guiding visitors through the Rachel Carson Reserve since 1997.) [Feel free to contact me to discuss possible tour dates/times not shown 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 & tidal creeks of the Reserve. I'll guide your exploration of the natural history & ecosystem as we journey through tidal flats, sandy beaches, & upland growth of maritime forests. You'll le…

What's included

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  • 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

Meet your host, Miriam Sutton/Science By The Sea

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 64 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 64 reviews.

Lee
September 2021
A very informative and relaxing trip around the islands that make up the Reserve. Miriam was the perfect guide as her knowledge and passion for this area shone through in her presentation. This is an up close and personal look at a marine environment that you can not experience without Miriam's expertise!! A highly recommended trip!!
Peggy
September 2021
Wonderful afternoon! Miriam is so knowledgeable & easy to talk to. We learned so much & appreciate the respect she has for our oceans & earth!
Janay
September 2021
Thank you for a amazing experience, your a GEM. Learn so much and so breath taking. We want to bring everyone in our family back to go.
Dillon
August 2021
Miriam's tour of the Rachel Carson Reserve was absolutely my favorite experience in the four days I spent in the Pine Knoll Shores/Atlantic Beach/Morehead City/Beaufort area. She is amazingly knowledgeable about the geography, environmental history, wildlife biology, local marine research projects, regional history and culture, and so much more! The experience lasted for three hours, but I could have easily listened to Miriam talk about the area for the entire day. I am so envious of her former students! Every other part of the experience was a blast too--being able to ride with her on her boat, stopping at several islands/shores, watching the wild horses grazing and socializing (from a near enough distance to really appreciate them without disturbing them), learning about the changes in the landscapes and ecosystems over the years, learning about important species of plants and animals in the area--everything! I am so glad that I found this experience on AirBnB, and I would recommend it to absolutely anyone who is interested in learning about the reserve and the Beaufort area.
Valerie
August 2021
Miriam has extensive knowledgeable about the aquatic life throughout the Rachel Carson preserve. We were able to explore many things that are not accessible by ferry. We would highly recommend taking this tour!
Sarah
August 2021
Really great experience. There was a good amount of information given. She stopped to watch the horses a bit, was loud enough and overall did a great job!

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled 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.

What to bring

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