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Let us help you explore the natural wonder of Bald Head Island...

 The Smith Island Complex is comprised of Middle, Bluff, and Bald Head Island. Spanning ten miles of beach and dunes, 10,000 acres of salt marsh, 4,000 acres of barrier island ‘upland,’ and 193 acres of Bald Head Woods maritime forest preserve, Bald Head Island is an exceptional location to conduct research and educational activities.

 Hailed as one of the last remaining barrier islands in North Carolina where one can walk uninterrupted through salt marsh, maritime forest, dunes and beach habitats, Bald Head Island is the place for your next class or research trip. The Bald Head Island Conservancy is here to facilitate your discovery of Cape Fear.






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Barrier Island Study Center – a LEED Gold Certified building that contains a wet laboratory, dry laboratory, multimedia theater, and research library. Environmentally friendly features include Cape Fear river wood, recycled floor tiles, skylights, recycled lint insulation, energy efficient lighting, zone specific HVAC system, SIPS walls, 7,000 gallon rainwater cistern, and recycled metal for support structures. The multimedia theater seats 40 and facilitates presentations, dvds, and interactive meetings. The dry laboratory seats 10 and it outfitted with a complete glassware set, buret, basic measurement tools, and gas hookup. The wet laboratory seats 40 and contains microscopes, dissection scopes, autoclave, fume hood, touch tank exhibit with live invertebrates, and two walls of 10 gallon saltwater research aquaria. The research library contains 6 study carols.

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Multimedia Distance Learning Laboratory (seats 40) $125/day $750/week

Barrier Island Study Center

Small Conference Room (15 people) $75/day $450/week

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 Learning Laboratories

Wet Lab (24 people) $125/day $750/week/group

Dry Lab (10 people) $125/day $600/week/group

Barrier Island Study Center




 Campus Library/internet fees   $5/person/week

 Barrier Island Study Center


Fleming Environmental Center- a quaint schoolhouse building that contains passive educational exhibits and live native reptiles. An upstairs bedroom sleeps 10 comfortably in bunk beds, 2 comfortable on a sleeper sofa, and contains a full bathroom. The large classroom seats 50 and contains a large projection screen. The small classroom seats 25 and contains a flat screen television for multimedia purposes. Tables and chairs for groups are provided.

Dormitory- a comfortable fully furnished beach house that sleeps 16 in 3 bedrooms of bunk beds, 3.5 baths, a full kitchen, living room, washer and dryer, large screen television and free wireless internet connection. The kitchen contains a stove, microwave, three full sized refrigerators, four bar stools for seating, dishwasher, toaster, toaster oven, coffee pots, pots, pans, plates, bowls, and utensils. Our living room contains a DVD/VHS player, VHS library, television with cable, and couches. There will be at least one full-time BHI Conservancy staff member on duty and on- site at all times during your stay.

Fleming Environmental Center

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Large Classroom (50 people) $125/day$750/week

 Fleming Environmental Center



 Field Assistance:

The BHI Conservancy Conservation staff monitors habitats of the Smith Island Complex (salt marsh, maritime forest, dunes, and freshwater aquifer) as well as wildlife (sea turtles, deer, alligator, fox, snake, amphibian, bird) on a regular basis, maintaining robust data sets. Support is available to researchers that use our facilities.

Educational Programs:

The BHI Conservancy Education staff offers a wide range of programs to facilitate a successful and enjoyable educational trip for your class. Programs include Bald Head After Dark, Birding BHI, Crabbing and Cast-netting, Beachcombing Biology, Owl Pellet, Squid, Sea Star, and Dogfish Dissections, Island Nature Tours, Kayaking the Creeks, Maritime Forest Hike, Ibis Sanctuary Exploration, Reptile Round-up, and Touch Tank Time. We are also able to customize programs to meet class curriculum or scout badge requirements.


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Dormitory Bed $35/day, $150/week

Private room in Dormitory $100/day            $400/week

Availability limited



Bulk-rate ferry ticket  $19.25/round trip               

 Price subject to change                    


The BHI Conservancy provided education programs to over 20,000 individuals in 2013, and we’re looking forward to hosting your group!


 Please contact Nicki Dardinger, Director of Conservation, to discuss opportunities.

(910) 338-0910

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