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, Ranger-led Educational Programs and Self-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

    Cape Lookout Lighthouse

    Through hands-on activities and a field trip to the national seashore, fourth grade students will discover the history of the Cape Lookout lighthouse and of the people who dedicated their lives to protecting sailors from the dangers of the Lookout Shoals. This program is designed to engage students in learning North Carolina coastal area history; some activities require reading and writing skills, while others involve physical activity.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Literacy and Language Arts,Social Studies
  • 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

    Life on the Outer Banks

    Through this field trip, students will uncover the history of the the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and view the island from the eyes of a keeper. They can also take a hands-on look into the flora and fauna that have learned to survive in this harsh environment. This field trip guide includes science, math, and Social Studies pre, onsite, and post-visit activities.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Math,Science,Social Studies
  • 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
  • Students explore the marsh to learn about food webs

    Wetlands have a poor reputation.  Many people see them as useless, bug filled and smelly areas but they're really super productive, critical ecosystems that provide many valuable features benefiting wildlife and people.
    Student will use a variety of tools to collect, view and identify organisms and improve their understanding and appreciation of salt marsh ecosystems while having fun exploring the mud flats and shallow bay.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Second Grade-Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Marine Biology, Wildlife Biology
    National/State Standards:
    Maryland Science G2: 1-A B C D E, 2-D, 4-B, 6-C, D; G3:1-A B C D, 2-A, 3-A C E, 6-D; G4: 1-A B C D, 2-E, 3-C, 6-B D
    NGSS: 2-LS2 Ecosystems: 2-LS4 Biological Evolution:2-ESS2 Earth's Systems
    3-LS2 Ecosystems: 4-PS3 Energy: 4-ESS3 Earth and Human Activity

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Harkers Island, NC 28531

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