Field Trips

Shine a light on learning by visiting the Cape Hatteras Light Station!

Teachers and students can explore the park by participating in a ranger-led program and self-guided field trips. There is no cost to attend or sign up for in-person ranger programs. Read below to learn how to plan your perfect field trip!

Due to ongoing restoration efforts, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will likely not be open for climbing until Summer 2026.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse at Night. Light shines from lighthouse on starry night.

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Field trips to Cape Hatteras Light Station are full of fun learning experiences for all ages!

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Please note: All field trips and groups requesting a Ranger Program are REQUIRED to make a reservation.

Please fill out the Field Trip Request Form to begin planning your field trip. Once the form is complete, email it to Staff will respond to your email confirming your request. A ranger program is not confirmed until you receive an email from the park.

If a self-guided trip is preferred, there are opportunities to visit the free Museum of the Sea, which is located on the Cape Hatteras Light Station grounds. In addition, a Visitor Center Scavenger Hunt worksheet can be provided that will focus students' attention, challenging them to discover the key points of interest in our exhibit.
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Bring the seashore into your classroom with one of our virtual ranger programs!

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Know Before You Go!

  • Bus Parking: Bus parking is available at the Cape Hatteras Light Station parking lot.
  • Ranger Program: A Park Ranger will greet groups with a reservation on the boardwalk outside of the Park Store.
  • Restrooms and Picnic Area: Restrooms and water fountains are located on the boardwalk outside of the Park Store. The picnic area is located across the street at the Buxton Woods Picnic and Nature Trail.

Across the street you will find the Buxton Woods Nature Trail -- a 3/4 mile loop with ample picnicking opportunities. You may also visit Old Lighthouse Beach, located just 1/2 mile north of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, to see the original lighthouse location before it was moved!

Virtual field trip opportunities are also available for the Seashore. Presentations engage students through live video and interaction with a ranger in real time. If you are interested in this distance learning option, please fill out our Virtual Field Trip Request Form. Please email the completed form to

Virtual Program Details
  • No cost to attend or sign up.
  • Schools and groups must be able to invite the Park Ranger to their virtual learning meeting through e-mail.

Last updated: November 14, 2023

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Cape Hatteras National Seashore
1401 National Park Drive

Manteo, NC 27954


252 473-2111

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