Field Trips

The undeveloped islands of Cape Lookout National Seashore offer pristine examples of barrier island ecology while the historic lighthouse and villages provide a glimpse into the lives of the people who have called these islands home. On your own or led by a ranger, field trips to the park can be an excellent way to connect classes to these subjects. However, the remote nature of the park means that class trips require advanced planning.

More information can be found on the Plan a Field Trip, Self-Guided Field Trip, and Ranger-Guided Field Trip pages.

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  • Students setting up beach survey equipment

    Assateague is a young, dynamic landform, changed constantly by wind and water.  During this STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)program student teams use professional survey equipment to plot the topography of the beach, collect elevation data and graph their findings. Students collect wind and ocean current data and model island roll over. Students also assess and analyze sea level rise engineering alternatives and beach replenishment projects for cost/benefit and sustainability.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-College Undergraduate Level
    Subjects:
    Climate, Ecological Engineering, Ecology, Economics, Engineering, Government, Marine Biology, Mathematics, Oceanography, Oceans, Physical Science, Planning/Development, Regional Studies, Science and Technology
    National/State Standards:
    National Science Education Standards
    Life Science: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
    Earth and space science: Earth and Human Activity
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore

    Coastal Creatures

    Black Skimmers

    Explore the diverse ecosystems that Cape Lookout has to offer.  Students will discover the adaptations of plants and animals that help them survive in a place where change is constant.  This program can take place almost anywhere in the park. 

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Aquatic Studies, Art, Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Botany, Climate, Climate Change, Conservation, Earth Science, Ecology, Education, Environment, Geography, Government, Health, Landscapes, Language Arts, Linguistics, Literature, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Oceans, Physical Science, Planning/Development, Public Policy, Reading, Reconstruction, Recreation / Leisure / Tourism, Recreation Ecology, Safety, Wilderness, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management, Writing
    National/State Standards:
    Fourth Grade: 4.L.1.1, 4.L.1.2, 4.L.1.3, and 4.L.1.4
    Fifth Grade: 5.L.2.1, 5.L.2.2, 5.L.2.3, 5.L.3.1, and 5.L.3.2
    Sixth Grade: 6.L.2.1 and 6.L.2.3
  • Students examine horseshoe crabs

    The beach is a great place to visit but would you want to live there? It takes special animals with special adaptations to live on the beach. During this 1-hour program, students learn about animal adaptations while they explore and look for evidence of creatures that live on or near the sandy shore. Students also play games and conduct activies that improve their understanding of weathering, erosion and deposition, predator-prey relationships and geography.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Second Grade-Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Aquatic Studies, Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Conservation, Earth Science, Ecology, Environment, Geography, Geology, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Oceans
    National/State Standards:
    NGSS:
    2-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
    2-LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
    2-ESS2 Earth's Systems
    3-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
    4-PS3 Energy
    4-ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
    Keywords:
    marine biology, wildlife, adaptations, geology, earth science, oceanography
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore

    Lighthouse Climb Activity

    Cape Lookout Lighthouse

    Walk in the footsteps of lighthouse keepers, examine barrier island and inlet geology, get a birds-eye-view of the island's habitat zones, or identify the effects of storms and other weather events. The climb to the top of the Cape Lookout lighthouse can be used as part of a self-guided or ranger-guided fieldtrip. When used in support of an education curriculum, school groups may be eligible for an Academic Fee Waiver for lighthouse tickets.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Adult Education (general)
    Subjects:
    Civil War, Climate Change, Colonial History, Commerce and Industry, Community, Ecology, Environment, Geology, Historic Preservation, Maritime History, Recreation / Leisure / Tourism, Social Studies, Transportation, Wildlife Biology, World War II
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore

    Lighthouses and Lighthouse Keepers

    Historically Costumed Lighthouse Keeper and Wife

    In the shadow of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse we will look into why this part of the coast received the nickname “Graveyard of the Atlantic”.  Through an interactive discussion students will address the hazards ships faced navigating off our coast and how aids to navigation helped. To get a first-hand view what life was like at Cape Lookout Lighthouse we will read from the diary of Keeper Gillikan, who keep the light from 1923-1925.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    African American History and Culture, Anthropology, Architecture (Building Styles and Methods), Art, Civic Engagement, Civil War, Climate, Climate Change, Colonial History, Commerce and Industry, Community, Conservation, Earth Science, Ecology, Economics, Education, Engineering, Family Life, Geography, Geology, Government, Historic Preservation, History, Immigration, International Relations, Inventions / Inventors, Literature, Maritime History, Mathematics, Military and Wartime History, Museum Studies, Oceans, Pioneer America, Planning/Development, Political Science, Public Policy, Reading, Reconstruction, Recreation / Leisure / Tourism, Safety, Science and Technology, Science History, Social Studies, Sociology, Statistics, Transportation, U.S. Presidents, Women's History, Writing
    National/State Standards:
    Third Grade: 3.G.1.3, 3.G.1.4, 3.C&G.2.1, and 3.C&G.2.2
    Fourth Grade: 4.G.1.1, 4.G.1.3, 4.G.1.4, 4.C.1.1, 4.C.1.2, 4.H.2.1, and 4.H.2.2
    Eighth Grade: 8.H.2.1, 8.H.3.4, and 8.G.1.1
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore

    Sea Turtles

    Loggerhead Sea Turtle Nesting

    The students will gain a greater understanding of sea turtles and some of the reasons they are endangered with an interactive discussion using props and visual aids at the Keeper’s Quarters. From there we will head the beach to determine what makes a good nesting location for a sea turtle and look closer at the life of a sea turtle hatching.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Aquatic Studies, Architecture (Building Styles and Methods), Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Botany, Civic Engagement, Climate, Climate Change, Conservation, Design, Ecological Engineering, Ecology, Education, Environment, Environmental Law, Geography, Government, Health, History, Landscapes, Law, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Oceans, Planning/Development, Public Policy, Recreation / Leisure / Tourism, Recreation Ecology, Safety, Science and Technology, Statistics, Wilderness, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
    National/State Standards:
    Fourth Grade: 4.L.1.1, 4.L.1.2, 4.L.1.3, and 4.L.1.4
    Fifth Grade: 5.L.2.1, 5.L.2.2, 5.L.2.3, 5.L.3.1, and 5.L.3.2
    Sixth Grade: 6.L.2.1 and 6.L.2.3
  • Horse watching as part of a ranger-guided tour

    On this guided hiking tour, students will learn about the biology, social structure, and management of the wild horses of Shackleford Banks. The horses roam far and wide so we'll be walking to find them. Be prepared to walk through deep sand, wade in salt water (in the marsh and /or from boat to shore), wade in fresh water (in rain puddles), and climb steep dune hills.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Colonial History, Community, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, History, Landscapes, Maritime History, Recreation / Leisure / Tourism, Recreation Ecology, Regional Studies, Safety, Wildlife Management