Keepers for Kids Program
Students learn about the history of the lighthouse and the duties of the keepers from a Park Ranger.

For a ranger-led education program, please remember to submit your Education Program Request at least two months in advance.

Ranger-Led Education Programs are available
Thursdays and Fridays Only

Apply for an Educational Fee Waiver at least one month prior to your visit if you are planning on climbing the lighthouse.

Ranger-led education programs typically cosist of a lighthouse climb combined with other activities in the lighthouse area as students and chaperones await their turn to climb. Activities can be provided by the park (such as our Discovery Cart or Experience Cape Lookout Junior Ranger Adventure) or teachers may provide their own.

Maximum Group Size is 72 students
Maximum Adults/Chaperones is 8

If you expect to bring more than 44 students, plan on dividing your group into smaller sections, with teachers/chaperones leading some of the smaller sections during the field trip.

Before making plans for a lighthouse climb, please know...

Groups must follow all Lighthouse Climb Safety Guidelines.

Only 10 people are allowed to climb the lighthouse every 15 minutes and climbing times are scheduled accordingly. Depending on your group size, it might take an hour or more before everyone gets a chance to climb.

For climbing the lighthouse, you will need to divide your class into groups consisting of 1 adult/chaperone per 9 students. Each group of students must have an adult chaperone while they climb. Chaperones are required to accompany students for the entire lighthouse climb.

Approximate time it will take your students to climb and exit the lighthouse:

10 people 20 minutes
50 people 1.5 hours
80 people 2.5 hours

For more information on Ranger-Led Educational Programs contact:

Education Coordinator
(252) 728-2250 ext. 8908
email us

Last updated: January 11, 2018

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