• Spring-time view of the seashore, with shorebirds returning to the surf.

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Be A Junior Ranger

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:

  1. Attend two ranger programs - there is a program schedule in In The Park, the park newspaper, which you can get at any of our visitor centers


  2. Complete the Junior Ranger booklet (available at any of our visitor centers) appropriate for your age.

If you complete the booklet, you will earn a Junior Ranger badge.

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?

Ocracoke Inlet was one of the most heavily traveled inlets in the 1700s.

In the 1700s, Ocracoke Inlet was one of the busiest inlets in the East. It was one of the few navigable waterways for ships accessing inland ports such as Elizabeth City, Edenton or New Bern. It was here that Blackbeard the pirate found the inlet's heavy shipping traffic ripe for easy pickings.