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

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

School Field Trips to Bodie Island Lighthouse

The Bodie Island Light Station contains the lighthouse and a visitor center/bookstore.

The Bodie Island Light Station does not offer ranger-led programs.

The Bodie Island Lighthouse is open for tours the third Friday in April to Columbus Day (in October). There is a fee for climbing the lighthouse-- there is no fee waiver.

For school groups not climbing the lighthouse, a visit generally lasts 30 minutes.

If your school group climbs the light house, chaperones are required to accompany students for the entire lighthouse climb. Chaperone to student ratios are: 1:10 for elementary and middle school; 1:21 for high school students.

Due to tour limitations, there is no educational fee waiver offered for the Bodie Island Lighthouse. For tour information click Bodie Island Lighthouse tours.

Depending on available tour spots, the approximate time it could take your students to climb and exit the lighthouse is:

50 participants 3 hours
80 participants 4 hours 15 min.
150 participants 7 hours 45 min.

 
Bodie Island LIghthouse
Bodie Island Lighthouse
NPS

Did You Know?

The Hatteras Island Weather Station is one of only three remaining weather stations in the country.

The U.S. Weather Bureau Station on Hatteras Island was built in 1901 and was one of 11 stations built around the country. It is one of only three remaining stations nationwide, and the only one in the nation restored to its 1901 condition. The station was reopened in 2007 to house a visitor center.