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Venus Flytrap - Skip Pudney
Venus Flytrap - Skip Pudney
Ft. Fisher sunrise - Jen Stockton
Ft. Fisher sunrise - Jen Stockton

CNPA 2013 Photography Weekend

Wilmington, North Carolina
May 2 - May 5, 2013

Registration opens March 1, 2013

Thursday Evening, May 2nd
6pm-7pm - Registration
7pm-9pm - Orientation and meet your guides

Friday, May 3rd
All day - Guided and self-guided tours

Saturday, May 4th
All day Guided and self-guided tours
7pm-9pm - Upload your favorite weekend image
for Sunday contest

Sunday, May 5th
9am-11am - Photo Contest w/cash prizes
Limited To 80 Participants
$60 Registration

Holiday Inn Express (website)
160 Van Campen Boulevard
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403

Reservations $84/double, $94/king - 910-392-3227
(please mention CNPA when making your reservation)
Wrightsville Beach Pier - Deb Livengood
Wrightsville Beach Pier - Deb Livengood

Field Trip Information

Friday, 05/03/13
08:45 AM-
1:00 PM
Fri01 - Airlie Gardens
Limit: 20
Cost: $5 at facility
Driving time: Airlie is less than 5 miles from the hotel with an easy 10 minute drive.

This is a gorgeous natural area with ponds, gardens and even a butterfly house. Plan on spending the morning in the gardens, then go to lunch and return if desired.

08:30 AM-
11:30 AM
Fri02 - Green Swamp
Limit: 15
Cost: No Fee
Driving time: The Green Swamp is approximately 45 minutes from the hotel

Lunch: 11:30am - 12:30pm Local restaurant (optional)

This area is in a longleaf pine savannah and offers a variety of plants including venus fly traps and pitcher plants. There are also rare animals including: American alligator, fox squirrel, Henslow's and Bachman's sparrow.

Note: the closest bathroom/food/refreshment area is about six miles away from the parking lot.

08:00 AM-
12:30 PM
Fri03 - Scenic Boat Tour with Naturalist
Limit: 13
Cost: $50
Driving time: You will drive to the dock across the street from the Blockade Runner hotel on Wrightsville Beach about 15 minutes from the hotel.
  • Cost prepaid when you register online (except for parking)
  • Parking: $8/car onsite
  • We need at least 11 participants or the tour will be cancelled and refunds issued
  • This tour will not be available until Saturday's is full (see below)

Wrightsville Beach Scenic Cruises and the Cape Fear Naturalist will guide you on an open water exploration of the Intracoastal Waterway, inlet passages, and sandy barrier islands local to Wrightsville Beach proper. You can choose to explore Masonboro Island on foot with the naturalist while the boat captain will continue on the water with those not wanting to disembark. Topics on the trip will include a strong emphasis on shorebird identification and ecology as well as coastal salt marsh function.

Bird Species of Interest: Common Merganser, Bufflehead, Lesser Yellowlegs, Common Loon, and Black- bellied Plover

10:00 AM-
12:00 PM
Fri04 - Cape Fear Serpentarium
Limit: 20
Cost: $8 at facility
Driving time: The Serpentarium is located in the historic district of Wilmington near the Cape Fear River less than 15 minutes from our hotel. Depart 9:30am - 5 miles, 12 minutes - be ready to enter Serpentarium with your $8 at 10am

The Serpentarium features over 80 species of exotic and indigenous reptiles. We will have private shooting time for the first hour and then the public will be able to join us. Plans will be shared for lunch nearby. You can park in the dirt lot next to the Serpentarium ($5 fee all day).

05:15 AM-
12:00 PM
Fri05 - Sunrise and NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Limit: 40
Cost: $20
Driving time: The Fort Fisher area is 20 miles from the hotel and takes approximately 35 minutes. Sunrise is at 6:21am so you will want to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to sunrise.

Your day will start early to capture the coquina rocks near the aquarium at sunrise. Then you will go into the NC Aquarium at 7am for a continental breakfast and lesson with their photographer. He will include details on lighting and other information. You will receive a private tour and time to photograph before they open to the public at 9am.

You are welcome to stay and photograph on the beach and the fort.


Saturday, 05/04/13
08:45 AM-
1:00 PM
Sat01 - Airlie Gardens
Limit: 20
Cost: $5 at facility
Repeat Fri01 trip (above)...

08:30 AM-
11:30 AM
Sat02 - Green Swamp
Limit: 15
Cost: No Fee
Repeat Fri02 trip (above)...

08:00 AM-
12:30 PM
Sat03 - Scenic Boat Tour with Naturalist
Limit: 13
Cost: $50
Driving time: You will drive to the dock across the street from the Blockade Runner hotel on Wrightsville Beach about 15 minutes from the hotel.
  • Cost prepaid when you register online (except for parking)
  • Parking: $8/car onsite
  • We need at least 11 participants or the tour will be cancelled and refunds issued
  • If this outing fills, we will open another one on Friday

Wrightsville Beach Scenic Cruises and the Cape Fear Naturalist will guide you on an open water exploration of the Intracoastal Waterway, inlet passages, and sandy barrier islands local to Wrightsville Beach proper. You can choose to explore Masonboro Island on foot with the naturalist while the boat captain will continue on the water with those not wanting to disembark. Topics on the trip will include a strong emphasis on shorebird identification and ecology as well as coastal salt marsh function.

Bird Species of Interest: Common Merganser, Bufflehead, Lesser Yellowlegs, Common Loon, and Black- bellied Plover

10:00 AM-
12:00 PM
Sat04 - Cape Fear Serpentarium
Limit: 20
Cost: $8 at facility
Repeat Fri04 trip (above)...


Independent Outings
Sunrise-
Oyo01 - Kure Beach Pier
Leader: ON YOUR OWN
30 min. drive time

Sunrise-
Oyo02 - Wrightsville Beach
Leader: ON YOUR OWN
10 min. drive time

All Day-
Oyo03 - Boiling Spring Lakes Preserve
Leader: ON YOUR OWN
Drive time: 45 min.
Boiling Spring Lake, NC - Rare flora, fauna and birds

11:00 AM-
5:00 PM
Oyo04 - Cape Fear Serpentarium
Leader: ON YOUR OWN
Cost: $8 at facility
Drive time: 15 Min.
20 Orange Street
Wilmington, NC
910-762-1669
The Serpentarium features over 80 species of exotic and indigenous reptiles.

8:00 AM-
5:00 PM
Oyo05 - Battleship USS North Carolina
Leader: ON YOUR OWN
Cost: $12 ($10 over 65 or military
Drive time: 12 min.
1 Battleship Road
Wilmington, NC
Moored in quiet dignity and majesty the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, across the river from downtown Wilmington, beckons visitors to walk her decks. Envision the daily life and fierce combat her crew faced in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.

Sunup-
Sundown
Oyo06 - New Hanover County Arboretum
Leader: ON YOUR OWN
Driv time: 15 min.
6206 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC
28403
The New Hanover County arboretum is almost 7 acres of beautiful educational gardens, including a acre water garden with colorful Koi and lilies, a Japanese Garden with an authentic tea house and numerous Japanese maples, a children’s cottage with fantasy characters painted inside and a rose garden.

All Day-
Oyo07 - Greenfield Park
Leader: ON YOUR OWN
Drive Time: 15 min.
1702 Burnett Blvd
Wilmington, NC 28401
4 .5 miles of trail around the lake with lots of foliage, birds and often alligators!

9am-5pm Fri/Sat, 12pm-5pm Sun-
Oyo08 - Poplar Grove Plantation
Leader: ON YOUR OWN
Cost: $10 at facility
Drive time: 20 min.
10200 US Hwy 17
Wilmington, NC 28411
Peanut plantation, mansion, cabin, craft shops, basket maker, weavers, blacksmith



Jellyfish at NC Aquarium - Connie Knox
Jellyfish at NC Aquarium - Connie Knox

If you have specific questions about the field trips, please contact Susan Bailey at Susanbaileyphoto@gmail.com.

Disclaimer: All field trips are subject to change depending on weather and other conditions during this event.