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    Cape Lookout

    National Seashore North Carolina

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Flat Ranger

Flat Stefine

Flat Stefine made it to the top of the Cape Lookout lighthouse (that's 207 steps!).  From there, she had a bird's eye view of South Core Banks, one of the islands in the park.

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown is the story of a boy who is flattened by a bulletin board. Because he is flat, he can travel by mail (which costs a lot less than traveling by plane or car).

Like Flat Stanley, Flat Rangers travel across the country by mail. They visit America's National Parks and send home pictures and information about all the places they see.

Send your Flat Ranger to Cape Lookout National Seashore for a guided tour of the park, starting at the Harkers Island Visitor Center. Your Flat Ranger might look for seashells, take a boat ride, or search for wild animals.

Mail Your Flat Ranger or Flat Stanley to:

Cape Lookout National Seashore
Attention: Flat Ranger
131 Charles Street
Harkers Island, NC

Flat Stanley becomes a Ranger
Flat Stanley becomes a Ranger

Start Your Adventure

Make a Flat Ranger or Flat Stanley

You can download our Flat Ranger Girl (pdf, 196 KB) or Flat Ranger Boy (pdf, 200 KB) cutouts, use a template from FlatStanley.com, or draw your own.

Decorate your flat friend any way you want. Don't forget to name your Flat Ranger.

Write a Letter

Send a letter with your Flat Ranger asking for information, pictures, and a story of your Flat Ranger's adventures.

You can download our Flat Ranger Letter (Word, 14 KB). Make sure to include your name and a return address!

Pick a Park

You can send your Flat Ranger to Cape Lookout National Seashore (please do!) and to other National Parks.

Search for parks by keyword or by state at www.nps.gov.

Mail Your Flat Ranger

You can send your Flat Ranger to one park at a time or you can send him/her on a longer trip.

If you want to send your Flat Ranger on a long trip, be sure to put that in your letter. You can include a list of parks you want your Flat Ranger to visit or you can ask the Ranger to pick a park for you.

(If your Flat Ranger needs to be home by a certain date, put that in your letter, too.)

Did You Know?

horse drinking

The wild horses on Shackleford Banks drink fresh water from permanent ponds, rainwater pools, and holes they dug in the ground, but they do not drink salt water. Cape Lookout National Seashore More...