Change in Harkers Island Visitor Center Hours
Harkers Island Visitor Center hours will be Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. until further notice.
Academic Fee Waiver
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National Park Service regulations allow schools and other bona fide educational institutions to receive entrance fee waivers for visits conducted for educational or scientific purposes related to the resources of the area.
There are no entrance fees for Cape Lookout National Seashore. However, the park is offering fee waivers for lighthouse climbs (ferry transportation fees still apply) to school groups that meet the following criteria:
Ticket fees will also be waived for 1 chaperone (18 years old or older) for every 9 qualifying students.
Please note: Climbers must meet all the safety requirements for climbing the lighthouse outlined on the Climb the Cape Lookout Lighthouse webpage.
1) Fee Waiver Application (pdf, 324 KB)
2) Proof of Eligibility -- Current official recognition as an Educational Institution by a Federal, State, or local government entity, or other documentation attesting to educational status, such as accreditation letter or an educational tax exempt letter.
3) Declaration of Intent -- To satisfy the requirements of Relevance and Academic Purpose, school groups receiving a fee waiver must complete the Pre-Site Visit, On Site Visit, and Post-Site Visit activities in the Lighthouse Curriculum Materials.
You may want to use this Sample Declaration of Intent (Word, 15 KB).
Cape Lookout National Seashore
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