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  • Jockey's Ridge State Park: Experience a world of the shifting sands and a barren, desert environment as well as an estuarine environment of the tidal waters of the Roanoke Sound at Jockey's Ridge State Park in Nags Head, North Carolina.
  • Fort Macon State Park: This area of undisturbed natural beauty is the perfect place to explore salt marshes and estuaries vital to the coastal ecosystem. Students can also visit the fort to learn about its historical significance to North Carolina.
  • Carolina Ocean Studies: A visit to the beautiful barrier islands and ocean reefs of North Carolina will help students understand the importance of our coastal environment and the habitat of the creatures that live there.

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The seashore is a 56-mile long section of the Outer Banks of North Carolina running from Ocracoke Inlet on the northeast to Beaufort Inlet on the southeast. The three undeveloped barrier islands which make up the seashore - North Core Banks, South Core Banks and Shackleford Banks - may seem barren and isolated, but they offer many natural and historical features that can make a visit very rewarding.

The national park has on-site programs on lighthouses and lighthouse keepers, sea turtles, and the island’s wild horses. If your school group (grades 1-12) cannot come to Cape Lookout, they offer traveling trunks. These trunks come filled with hands-on activities and a curriculum guide.

School project help: to assist students in gathering information for their class projects, free copies of park brochures are available online.

Also see the Southern Coastal Heritage Program 2001’s Virtual Field Trip.

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