Outer Banks, NC | April 2022

Sunrises, sunsets, shorebirds, and black bears

Just the Facts

  • Date:  April 7-10, 2022
  • Leaders: Ron Gaskins, Amanda Haddox
  • Cost:  $495 NANPA member; $695 non-members.
  • Location:  Kill Devil Hills, NC
  • Last date to register: March 28, 2022
  • Minimum number attendees:  14
  • Maximum number attendees:  20
Jockey’s Ridge Sunset © Ron Gaskins

Event Overview

Join Ron Gaskins and Amanda Haddox in the Outer Banks of North Carolina photographing along the Atlantic Coast, the Currituck Sound and other locations for sunrises, sunsets, shorebirds, and black bears.  

We will photograph 2 ½ days, from sunrise over the Atlantic to sunset across the Sound.  Opportunities for active wildlife and stunning scenery will be found up and down the barrier islands as we visit:  

  • Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge  
  • Alligator River National. Wildlife Refuge
  • Audubon Pine Island Sanctuary  
  • Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve  
  • Currituck Banks Coastal Estuarine Reserve
  • Elizabethan Gardens
  • Jockey’s Ridge State Park

About the Outer Banks
The Outer Banks (OBX) is North Carolina’s easternmost point and the first to see the sunrise.  As you walk or wade on the beaches, you could share the space with more than 400 bird species.  On the Outer Banks, you’re likely to find some of the creatures that consider this region their home. The varied landscapes and mild climate create a habitat that can support a vast array of animals. In addition to the fish, gulls, and squirrels, there are other mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians that you may have never seen before in the wild but can find in the Outer Banks.

© Ron Gaskins

What to Expect

This workshop is organized for nature and wildlife photographers of all experience levels.  Guidance is available for those who wish assistance in improving their photography skills.  This event will also benefit those who are interested in location guidance. Our leaders are familiar with the area, have scouted the locations we will visit, and will focus attention on the areas with the best photographic possibilities. 

Field conditions will vary. Our walking will take us on the beach, boardwalks, sidewalks and unimproved paths. While we will concentrate on obtaining the best possible images, we will do so while adhering to responsible and ethical wildlife viewing guidelines.  This workshop is not wheelchair friendly.

© Ron Gaskins

2020 Outer Banks, North Carolina Regional Event Cancellation and No Refund Policy: NANPA will not offer any refunds for registrations for this event regardless of when the cancellation is made or the reason for the cancellation. NANPA reserves the right to cancel any event or activity due to insufficient registration or any unforeseen circumstances. NANPA will offer refunds if NANPA has to cancel the event. It also has the right to substitute presenters if those originally scheduled cannot attend. Registrants may purchase event insurance as part of the registration process through NANPA’s partner, Allianz. More information on this option will be shown during the checkout process for the event registration.

NOTE:  If you do not purchase event insurance at the time that you pay for your registration, you will NOT be able to go back and purchase it with Allianz later.

If you choose to purchase travel insurance separately, you can do so with your own insurance carrier, or NANPA members can receive a special travel insurance rate through USI Affinity/Travel Insurance Services.

Event Leaders

Ron Gaskins

Ron Gaskins, owner of West Virginia Fine Photography, is known for illustrating the stories of others, as well as his own; documenting events, from conventions to firefighter training; and capturing images of wildlife, such as Rocky Mountain Elk in Kentucky and Great Blue Herons just down the road from his home.  His photography and written work have been published in tour books, newspapers and magazines, including Wonderful West Virginia and Country Roads Journal.  He has been selected as Resident Photographer for the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge and as the Artist in Residence for the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

Amanda Haddox

Amanda Haddox, through her own photography business In My Mind’s Eye, has created some of the most striking landscape images from West Virginia and across the eastern United States.  In addition to her love for the scenery of the Mountain State, she enjoys photographing lighthouses along the east and west coasts, along with the Great Lakes.  Her work has appeared in magazines such as Shutterbug, Lighthouse Digest, and Pacific Standard, on West Virginia State Park brochures, and has been used in textbooks, as book covers, on websites, and in local newspapers. 

Together, Ron and Amanda are Mountaineer Photo Excursions, and offer workshops in interesting, attractive, and exciting locations, as well as classes for both beginners and experienced photographers. Since 2012, Ron and Amanda have led more than 30 workshops in eight states. Learn more at www.MountaineerPhotoExcursions.com.

Hotel & Travel


Ramada Plaza, Nags Head Oceanfront
1701 South Virginia Dare Trail
Kill Devil Hills, NC  27948
Phone:  252-441-2151
Website:  www.ramadaplazanagshead.com

Rate: $99/night for street view or $139/night for ocean view for Wednesday and Thursday nights, $139/night for street view or $169/night for ocean view for Friday and Saturday nights, plus 12.75% tax.

Reservations must be made by phone. Call the hotel directly at (254) 441-2151, and request the “NANPA Room Block.” Rates cannot be changed at check-in or check-out for guests who fail to identify their affiliation with NANPA at the time the reservation is requested.

Cutoff date for hotel reservations: March 7, 2022

Group Sunday lunch is included in your registration fee.  All other meals are on your own. 

Car Rental, Airport, Emergency Services and Misc.

Nearest Airport: Norfolk International Airport (ORF; 82 miles north) or Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU; 192 miles west).

Car Rental: Several car rental companies are available at the Norfolk International Airport. In addition, there are various vehicle rental agencies operation on the Outer Banks. Participants will need their own transportation for this workshop. Ride sharing is recommended. 

Notes: We will share our start times during the previous evenings and intend to depart on time. Bring your own snacks and water. We will stop for lunch while in the field but will not keep a firm schedule. We will be traveling as a caravan; locations and addresses of destinations will be shared; two-way radios will be shared among some participants.

Medical: The Outer Banks Hospital is a critical access hospital located in Nags Head, Dare County on the Outer Banks. The hospital has 21 general hospital beds. The Outer Banks Hospital is a full service, community hospital offering a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services. It is located at 4800 South Croatan Highway Nags Head, NC 27959.

Beach Medical Care is an urgent care and family practice clinic located in Nags Head, NC. 

Outer Banks Urgent Care is the only medical facility on the Outer Banks that takes appointments on weekends. The Outer Banks Hospital is located across the street.

Additional Info: Cell phone service is good on much of the Outer Banks, but there are places where it is intermittent or absent. The average temperatures for October are 74/59. Occasional light showers may be present; and it may be windy, especially on the beaches. A light jacket or sweatshirt is recommended for early mornings and evenings, as well as a hat. Use caution and common sense. Speed limits are posted and enforced, especially in the community of Duck, which has a speed limit of 25 mph. Use designated pullouts, crosswalks and stay safe. 

© Ron Gaskins

Preliminary Itinerary   

Thursday, April 7, 2022
Arrival and hotel check-in.  Dinner on your own followed by early evening Orientation and Meet & Greet at the hotel. 

Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, 2022
Full days of photography with the leaders at locations TBD, depending on weather and conditions.

Sunday, April 10, 2022
Morning photography session at location TBD depending on weather and conditions. Final Lunch/Wrap up (included in registration fee).

Please note: We’ll change the schedule if local conditions dictate better photographic opportunities during the event.