Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Just For Kids

FOR KIDS

Cape Hatteras National Seashore has many activities designed especially for kids.

Check-out the park schedule for "Especially for Kids" programs available at Bodie Island, Hatteras Island, and Ocracoke Island.

Be 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! The Junior Ranger Program at the Seashore is designed for kids ages 5 to 13.

1) Attend two ranger programs - there is a program schedule in In The Park, the park newspaper. You can get a copy of In The Park at any of our visitor centers.

and/or

2) Complete the Junior Ranger booklet appropriate for your age - you can get a copy of the booklet at any of our visitor centers.

If you finish the programs and the booklet, you will receive a Junior Ranger patch and badge! If you complete only the booklet, you will still earn a Junior Ranger badge.

If you are visiting the park during any other time period, you can earn a Junior Ranger badge by completing the workbook.

If you are not able to visit the park, you can still become a National Park Service Junior Ranger and learn about the jobs of park rangers. Visit this site www.nps.gov/webrangers and learn about this facinating line of work. Complete all the activities and you can become a Web-Ranger!

Plan A Field Trip

Bodie Island Light Station
Bodie Island Light Station still contains its original Fresnel lens, which is visible when you look up at the tower. This lighthouse is not open for climbing. The double-keepers quarters on the site serves as the visitor center, museum and bookstore. To schedule a school group program, call the Bodie Island Visitor Center at (252) 441-5711. There is no admission fee.

Cape Hatteras Light Station
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick lighthouse in the world. The lighthouse is open for climbing from Easter weekend to Columbus Day. The Cape Hatteras Light Station site includes a visitor center, bookstore, and the Museum of the Sea. To schedule a date and specific times for a school group program or lighthouse climb, call the Hatteras Island Visitor Center at (252) 995-4474. Fees are charged for climbing the lighthouse, but not for programs.

Before you schedule a lighthouse climb, please know that

2) At least one chaperone must climb the lighthouse with the students for each climbing time scheduled.

2) Read and discuss all rules and regulations for climbing the lighthouse with the students before arrival.

After you have scheduled a lighthouse climb:

1) If you wish to have the climbing fees waived, you must request an Educational Fee Wavier Letter from the Outer Banks Group Fee Manager four to six weeks in advance of your scheduled visit. If approved, you will receive an Educational Fee Waiver Letter from the Fee Manager. Present the Educational Fee Waiver Letter at the lighthouse fee booth to receive your free tickets on the day of your climb. If you do not have an Educational Fee Waiver Letter with you when you arrive at the site, you will be charged for the climb.

2) Read and discuss all rules and regulations for climbing the lighthouse with the students before arrival. 

Ocracoke Island Visitor Center
The Ocracoke Island Visitor Center has exhibits and a bookstore. The Ocracoke Lighthouse is the second oldest operating lighthouse in the nation. The lighthouse is not open for climbing. To schedule a school group program, call the Ocracoke Island Visitor Center at (252) 928-4531. There is no admission fee.