New Off Road Vehicle Regulations
New off road vehicle (ORV) regulations are now in effect. Please check here for information on how to get your ORV permit More »
Beach Fire Permits are required
Beach Fire Permits are now required. These permits are free. Please check here for information on how to get your Beach Fire Permit More »
Be A Junior Ranger
The Junior Ranger Program is a fun way to learn more about our park and how you can help protect it - just like our park rangers! The Junior Ranger Program at the seashore is designed for kids ages 5 to 13.
To become an official Cape Hatteras National Seashore Junior Ranger during the summer program season (mid-June to Labor Day), you will need to:
If you complete only the booklet, you will earn a Junior Ranger badge. If you do both the programs and the booklet, you will receive a Junior Ranger badge and patch!
If you are visiting the park during any other time period, you can earn a Junior Ranger badge by completing the booklet.
If you are not able to visit the park, you can still become a National Park Service Junior Ranger and learn about the jobs of park rangers by visiting www.nps.gov/webrangers. Complete all the activities and you can become a Web Ranger!
Did You Know?
Lightning whelks eat about one large clam per month. The whelk pries the clam open with its muscular foot, wedges the clam open with its shell, then eats the soft inside of the clam. Lightning whelk shells, which whorl to the left, wash up on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.