• An Assateague wild horse finding shelter in the dunes.

    Assateague Island

    National Seashore MD,VA

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    Pope Bay, Green Run, Pine Tree & Tingles Island backcountry campsites will be closed on these dates due to hunting seasons: October 15-25, 2014; November 13-15, 2014; November 29-December 13, 2014; January 16-19, 2015 More »

Plan A Field Trip

Mole crab inventory

Students learn about life sciences through inventory and monitoring activities

NPS

Planning a successful field trip takes good communication, time and preparation. Most of our programs are designed to be ranger led and our capacity is limited by staffing levels. We offer field trips from early September through November and from late March through May. May is our busiest month and rapidly fills up.

Our early elementary programs take place in our visitor center while the majority of the remaining programs occur in the field. Many of these field studies take place in or near water and require proper student preparation. To get the most out of the programs, students participating in bay programs and some of the beach programs should bring a change of clothing, towel and shoes that can get wet. Bay wading requires footware other than flip flops.

The program descriptions document provides a brief overview of the activities for each grade level. Updated lesson plans for each of these activities will be added to this web site as they are completed. If you have questons about the details of the programs, please contact the park Education Office at 410-629-6085 or email the questions to our office.

To register for a ranger-led field trip, please complete the registration form and return the completed form to the park education office..

 

Program descriptions - Maryland District

Program descriptions - Virginia District
The National Park Service and the U.S. Fish & WIldlife Service partner to provide programs in the Virginia District. For spring progams, please call 757-336-6122 ext. 2315. For fall programs, please call 401-629-6084.

Did You Know?

Surfmen of the U.S. Life-Saving Service at the Assateague Beach Lifesaving Station. 4 kb

"You have to go out, but you don't have to come back." Such was the life of a surfman from fall to spring. The forgotten heroes of the U.S. Life-Saving Service rescued numerous shipwreck victims from Assateague's waters. The island was home to 4 Life-Saving Stations in the late 1800's-early 1900's.