5 – Tree Tunnels

Yay! You solved the 5th clue.

Walking or cycling a mile to and from school each day can save 600 pounds of polluting carbon emissions per school year – the equivalent of planting a tree.

Want to learn more about walking to school? Visit https://www.actionforhealthykids.org/activity/walk-to-school/ .

4 – Musical Chimes

Great job! You found the 4th item.

Did you know that music helps brain development and academic skills?

According to UNICEF:

“Music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness, particularly in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills.

Learning to play a musical instrument can improve mathematical learning, and even increases school scores.”


For more information, visit: https://www.unicef.org/parenting/child-development/how-music-affects-your-babys-brain-class

1 – Little Free Library

Congratulations! You found the first item in the Scavenger Hunt!

This is a Little Free Library.

The more books in or near the home, the more likely a child will learn and love to read. But two out of three children living in poverty have no books to call their own.

There are more than 100,000 + Little Free Libraries in over 100 countries that provide access to more than 42 million books every year.

For more information, visit: https://littlefreelibrary.org/

Free Scavenger Hunt Adventure at Safe Routes to School Day

October 9, 2021

10 am – 2 pm

Dowdy Park

(3005 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959)

Register here (free).

The Scavenger Hunt features riddles and clues for kids to explore Dowdy Park and practice crossing the road safely with a grown-up.

If you complete the entire hunt, you will end up walking approximately ¾ mile in total.

Please bring a mask and be prepared to stay 6 ft apart.

What to bring

  1. Mask
  2. Comfortable walking shoes
  3. Sunscreen and/or hat
  4. Water
  5. (optional) Book donations for the Little Free Library


  • Park at Dowdy Park (3005 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959)
  • To start the scavenger hunt, stop by the table near the parking lot. You’ll receive a scavenger hunt worksheet, a pencil, and instructions.
  • Once you have completed the scavenger hunt, stop by the table again for prizes!

More about Safe Routes to School Day

The focus of the day will be on our “Show, Explain, Practice” campaign, which encourages grown-ups to have meaningful conversations with kids about how to be safe around traffic.

For more about this program, read Kids Learn Learn How to Act on the Road by Watching You.

This free event is hosted by the Traffic Safety Marketing and Programs group at the Institute for Transportation Research and Education in partnership with the Albemarle Rural Planning Organization. The Safe Routes to School grant is provided by the NC Department of Transportation.

Relax, you’re on beach time now


As you cross the bridge, you open your car windows, letting in the fresh sea air. The vast blue water stretches out as far as you can see. Your preoccupied thoughts of work, carpools, chores, and checklists begin to dissipate into the landscape around you. As each wave crashes to shore, you feel tension and stress receding from your shoulders. This is the magic of the Outer Banks  – a gentle power which seems to slow down the pace of the world around you. A power which makes you feel fully present and alive in this moment. 


The Outer Banks, recently featured in the Netflix TV show, is having “a moment” as one might say. Even before Gen-Z made this riveting discovery, the Outer Banks has always been a popular vacation destination. It’s not hard to understand why. The secluded beaches, protected landscape, and rich history make it the perfect destination for families wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Coming to the Outer Banks is like entering a different world. Its magic has inspired many to return year after year to receive their annual dose of oceanfront detox. When you enter into this world-famous “happy place,” you may not have the recognizable OBX license plate, but we recommend the following steps to blend in with the locals and maximize your visit. 


  1. Be fully present. Put down your phone and take in the ocean breeze. Filled with emails, notifications, and deadlines, our phones have the ability to take us out of the moment and pull us back into our 9-to-5 lives. When you are in the Outer Banks, focus on being present and let those expectations fade away. You are on beach time. This is especially important while driving in the Outer Banks. The streets around the coast are full of people – people on beach cruiser bicycles, people pulling coolers and lugging surf boards, people crossing with little kids and beach umbrellas. Keep your eyes on the road to be fully present and to protect your fellow beach folks.



2. Enjoy your surroundings. When you enter into the Outer Banks there are a few things that never change. There will always be a parade of families with a slew of kids running ahead, people pulling wagons with boogie boards and colorful tents in tow, and visitors of every age biking to the beach. These walkers and bikers make up the quintessential Outer Banks that we picture in our heads when longing for an escape. Keep them safe by paying attention to your surroundings – especially while driving. Remember to look for people crossing the road and be proactive in predicting people’s movements. Enter into this Outer Banks state of mind and you can save lives. 



3. Slow down and take a breath. Our lives move so fast. Treat yourself when visiting the Outer Banks by allowing yourself to slow down. Savor your book in the sand. Wander aimlessly along the beach. And take it easy as you drive around.  Lowering your speed on the road reduces the number of collisions and reduces the severity of crashes as well. Slowing down is not only the vacation you deserve, but it saves lives. 



 We hope you enjoy your stay in the Outer Banks. In a world where everything moves so fast, take the opportunity to be fully present, enjoy your surroundings, take it easy, and slow down when visiting the Outer Banks.