Whether your class is studying barrier island geology, marine ecology, or maritime history, Cape Lookout National Seashore can provide excellent field trip opportunities.
If you prefer to plan a self-guided field trip to Cape Lookout National Seashore, the ideas below will give you a good start. Park staff can help educational group leaders plan trips as well. Some planning materials are available upon request. For more information, contact the park.
Cape Lookout also offers several sets of curriculum materials designed to be used in conjunction with a class visit to the park. These guides offer pre-visit, on-site, and post-visit activities and are available for download on the Curriculum Materials webpage.
Junior Ranger Adventures
The Junior Ranger Adventures program uses interactive activities to introduce kids to various aspects of the natural and cultural history of the park.
There are five adventures in the series: Experience Cape Lookout, Saltwater Explorer, Island Investigator, Rescue Ranger, and Village Detective. The first adventure serves as a general introduction and is designed for kids in 1st through 8th grade. Adventures two through five are designed for grades 5 to 8 and require the use of activity kits which are free for loan. Small groups check out the appropriate backpack, while a tote contains enough material for a larger group (over 10 people).
For more information on the Junior Ranger Adventures program or to reserve a tote, call (252-728-2250) or e-mail us.
Scheduled Ranger Programs
Rangers and volunteers give programs in the lighthouse area, in Portsmouth Village, and in other parts of the park. It is not necessary to sign up for scheduled programs, but it may help us prepare if we know you are bringing a large group.
Explore the natural maritime forest on Shackleford Banks, the man-made forest on South Core Banks, or thicket areas on any of the islands and identify adaptive traits which help plants survive in this harsh environment.
Find and identify common seashells and compare their structure and life history. inside.)
Explore the mud flats at low tide.
Look for signs of animals and identify the creature that made them.