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

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Curriculum Materials

Cape Hatteras has several lesson plans designed to allow teachers to bring the seashore to the classroom and the classroom to the seashore. Pre-visit, on-site, and post-visit activities for history and social studies lessons are available for download.

To schedule a field trip, view the Field Trips page.

  • Whale diving

    Featured Materials

    Tooth or No Tooth? How to Eat Like a Whale

    Students will learn some of the differences between baleen and toothed whales. Explore »

  • Life-Saving Service members and their surf-boat

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    Little Kinnakeet Life-Saving Station: Home to Unsung Heroes

    Unsung Heroes: The Life-Saving Service of the Outer Banks Explore »

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  • Assateague Island National Seashore

    Marsh Muckers

    Marsh Muckers

    Wetlands have a bad rap. Many people think marshes are worthless areas full of snakes, bugs, smells, and creapy crawlies. In reality, these places are critically important ecosystems and are some of the most productive regions in the world. During this 1-hour program, students explore the marsh, discover, catch and observe marsh animals and learn more about the many reasons salt marshes are valuable and worth protecting.

  • Fire Island National Seashore

    Beach Dynamics on Fire Island

    Beach Dynamics on Fire Island

    The Beach Dynamics lesson plans help your students understand how a barrier island functions. Activities are designed to enhance field trips to Fire Island National Seashore.

  • Fire Island National Seashore

    Considering Climate Change: Fire Island and Storms

    Considering Climate Change: Fire Island and Storms

    This lesson plan explores the impacts of Hurricane Sandy, the history-making 2012 storm, on the natural resources of Fire Island, and it challenges students to consider the effects of climate change that are likely to occur close to home. The lesson includes an inquiry-based lab, with pre-labs, activities, and homework designed to increase understanding of climate change.

  • Cape Lookout National Seashore

    Life on the Outer Banks: Sixth Grade Edition

    Life on the Outer Banks: Sixth Grade Edition

    From tiny mole crabs to giant whales, explore the wildlife of Cape Lookout National Seashore with first-hand research and interactive activities. And, learn how the people of the Outer Banks adapted to and used the wildlife in their environment.

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    Little Kinnakeet Life-Saving Station: Home to Unsung Heroes

    Little Kinnakeet Life-Saving Station: Home to Unsung Heroes

    Using Little Kinnakeet Life-Saving Station as an example, students will learn about the importance of the U.S. Life-Saving Service to shipping along North Carolina’s coast. They will also the close tie the U.S. Life-Saving Service had to Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

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    Tooth or No Tooth? How to Eat Like a Whale

    Tooth or No Tooth? How to Eat Like a Whale

    This lesson is designed to teach students how to identify whales as marine mammals. The teacher will introduce the difference between baleen and toothed whales and increase the students understanding of the feeding method of baleen whales, and why Baleen whales are connected to Cape Hatteras National Seashore

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    Pirates of North Carolina

    Pirates of North Carolina

    This lesson is designed to introduce students to pirates who plagued the coast of North Carolina during the time of colonization. Students will use a variety of strategies and writing process elements in composing their report. It will allow students to integrate research of social studies/history of the colonial era with technology, reading, and writing, while connecting their studies to exploring Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Great Lakes Piping Plover Survival Simulation

    Great Lakes Piping Plover Survival Simulation

    Students engage in an activity that simulates 1) the feeding behavior of the piping plover, and 2) factors that disturb both feeding and nesting of endangered Great Lakes piping povers. This activity is designed to get students actively thinking about the piping plover's needs and the things that are threatening this species’ survival.

  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    Beaches in Motion - Coastal Vulnerability

    This Earth Science lesson includes classroom materials, field trip activities and a post assessment activity. The classroom lessons include Powerpoints, readings and activities to increase understanding of coastal processes. The beach activities offer place –based learning to observe and measure conditions to evaluate the vulnerability of a beach to erosion. The post assessment activity requires students to use a model to demonstrate a beaches response to different climate change scenarios.

  • Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

    Castles in the Sand

    Students will learn about the cohesive force of water tension and the adhesive force of capillary action.

Did You Know?

The Principal Lightkeeper's Quarters and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse move toward their new homes, a safer distance from the ocean.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick structure ever moved. When it was built in 1870, it stood 1,500 feet from the shore. By 1999, the lighthouse was within 100 feet of the ocean. To protect it from the encroaching sea, it was moved inland a total of 2,900 feet over a 23-day period.