Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a great place for students to explore a variety of subjects--from barrier island ecology to North Carolina history. 

Explore the park during a class field tripon your own, or with a park ranger.  If your school is unable to come to the park, then bring the park to your classroom with our lesson plans.

Educational Resources

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    Field Trips

    Bringing your class to Cape Hatteras National Seashore can be a rewarding experience and careful planning helps make a successful visit.

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    Curriculum Materials

    Cape Hatteras has several lesson plans designed to allow teachers to bring the seashore to the classroom and the classroom to the seashore.

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    Become a Junior Ranger

    The Junior Ranger Program is a fun way to learn more about our park and how you can help protect it - just like our park rangers!

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    Civil War to Civil Rights

    Collect stories about the American Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement!

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    Lean more about the people who have been shaping the history of the Outer Banks for hundreds of years!

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    The history of Cape Hatteras National Seashore is rich with stories from the earliest settlements to modern times!

Every Kid Outdoors

Fourth-graders and their families can discover federal lands—national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests, and more—for free!

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Sea Turtles at the Seashore

Sea turtles are summertime visitors to the beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Call 252-475-9629 for July–August nest excavation information.

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Civil War to Civil Rights Trading Cards

Discover six of the more than 500 stories about America's journey from the Civil War to Civil Rights.

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Last updated: April 18, 2020

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Cape Hatteras National Seashore
1401 National Park Drive

Manteo, NC 27954


252 473-2111

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