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Plan A Field Trip
Bodie Island Light Station
The Bodie Island Lighthouse is open for tours the third Friday in April to Columbus Day (in October). Due to tour limitations, there is no educational fee waiver offered for Bodie Island Lighthouse tours.
Cape Hatteras Light Station
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the tallest brick lighthouse in North America, is open for climbing from the third Friday in April to Columbus Day (in October). The Cape Hatteras Light Station site also includes a visitor center, bookstore, and the Museum of the Sea. To schedule a date and specific times for a school group program or lighthouse climb, call the Hatteras Island Visitor Center at (252) 473-2111 x9601. Fees are charged for climbing the lighthouse, but not for programs.
Before you schedule a lighthouse climb, please know that:
2) At least one chaperone must climb the lighthouse with the students for each climbing time scheduled.
After you have scheduled a lighthouse climb:
2) Read and discuss all rules and regulations for climbing the lighthouse with the students before arrival.
Ocracoke Island Visitor Center
Did You Know?
This is not a space alien, even though it has a transparent body, wings, and a very large eye. Giant water fleas grow up to 2 cm long, and are a food source for small fish that shelter in the sound.
You can swim with them in the sound-side waters off Cape Hatteras National Seashore.