National Park Service’s Outer Banks Group wins Charles S. Marshall Unit Award

Published 6:11 am Monday, May 4, 2020

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The National Park Service’s Outer Banks Group that cares for OBX national parks— Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Ft. Raleigh National Historic Site —was presented earlier this spring with the Charles S. Marshall Unit Award by Eastern National’s Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Kissling, in Philadelphia, Pa.

David E. Hallac, Superintendent, National Parks of Eastern North Carolina, accepted the award.

The Charles S. Marshall Unit Award is given by Eastern National to a partner agency that demonstrates exceptional teamwork in promoting and supporting the historical, scientific, educational, interpretive and operational activities of the National Park Service. Such teamwork is evidenced in agency growth, visitor service, product development, partner relations and administration. Charles S. Marshall Unit Award winners are presented with a commemorative plaque and a $2,500 dollar donation to the park’s interpretive program.

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Specifically, the Outer Banks Group was recognized for:

– Its multi-year collaboration with Eastern National during the Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center renovation project, which resulted in a new and improved visitor and customer experience in the Eastern National park store.

– Its expansion of the Eastern National park store at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The expansion resulted in more shopping space and an enhanced visitor experience.

– Collaboration to establish Eastern National’s first ever Philanthropic Partnership Agreement—the catalyst for launching Outer Banks Forever, the local nonprofit partner of the OBX national parks, which helps to protect these special places through public engagement, programming and project support.

The relationship between Eastern National and the Outer Banks Group has always been a strong and productive partnership. However, 2019 marked a significant milestone in what has become a uniquely collaborative effort to impact multiple units of the National Parks of Eastern North Carolina.

Eastern National promotes the public’s understanding and support of America’s national parks and other public trust partners by providing quality educational experiences, products, and services. Learn more at

Outer Banks Forever is a branch of Eastern National, and the official nonprofit partner of Outer Banks national parks – Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial – helping to protect and enhance these special places. Learn more at



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