Self Guided

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

Whether your class is studying barrier island geology, marine ecology, or maritime history, Cape Lookout National Seashore can provide excellent field trip opportunities. Self-guided educational programs can include a "meet and greet" with a park ranger at the Harkers Island Visitor Center along with a showing of our park film, Ribbon of Sand. You are also welcome to borrow materials to complete a Junior Ranger Adventure or Life on the Outer Banks activity. Or bring your own materials and do it all on your own!

When planning activities, remember that materials will be exposed to the weather, they will need to be carried to the location(s) where they will be used, will need time set aside to set up and break down, and will take up space on the ferry. Allowing ample time for activities will eliminate frustrations and any extra time will allow students to do a bit of beachcombing or exploration on their own.

Students doing an experiment testing barrier island development
Students doing an experiment testing the impact of development on barrier islands.

Junior Ranger Adventures

The Junior Ranger Adventures program uses interactive activities to introduce students to various aspects of the natural and cultural history of the park. There are five adventures to choose from. Learn more about Junior Rangers Adventures and download each adventure's booklet and other handouts on the Junior Ranger Adventures for Groups page.

Life on the Outer Banks: Educator's Guides

These guides help teachers prepare their students for a visit to Cape Lookout National Seashore with pre-visit, on-site, and post-visit activities integrating science, social studies, math and English language arts. Guides are available for grades 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10. Activity equipment is available on-site for grades 6, 8, and 10.

For more information on Self-Guided Educational Programs contact:

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

Last updated: January 13, 2018

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