Experience the last remnants of the storied Currituck Sound landscape
Historic Hunt Lodge Photo: Mary Alice Holley
Tucked away on a small dirt road, the Donal C. O'Brien, Jr. Sanctuary in Corolla is one of the last pieces of untouched property on the northeastern portion of the Outer Banks, preserving 2,600 acres of marsh, upland maritime forest and sandy beaches, as well as the historical beauty of the Outer Banks. The Sanctuary's campus remains free from development, so birds and wildlife can continue to have a safe place to thrive free from human disturbance.
Coratank is the Indian word from which our Currituck - sound, county, courthouse - was long ago derived.
The birds and wildlife have been here for centuries and now ambitious planning at the Sanctuary and Audubon Center in Corolla will bring researchers from across the country to unlock its conservation secrets.
Watch a short video to showcase our plans to transform the current Sanctuary into a research and education facility.
This winter, work will be done to make the Sanctuary Nature Trail in Corolla more accessible and informative.
Learn about the uncommon deciduous forest habitat supporting birds and wildlife at the Sanctuary in Corolla.
Twenty-four student volunteers flocked to the Outer Banks as part of the University of Akron’s 2015 Alternative Spring Break Trip.
The Sanctuary staff was excited to partner with Wings Over Water to offer festival goers an intimate nature experience through guided tours.
Chip Hemingway, an architect working on the Master Site Plan for the Sanctuary, has been able to blend his two passions: to create both art and architecture.
Inspired by the region’s famed waterfowl and long-standing tradition of hunting with wooden decoys, Hitnes created a large-scale mural on the Sanctuary’s boathouse.
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