Creating Youth Stewardship on Cape Lookout National Seashore

Students from Oracoke and Hakers Island Elementary learned about historic island village life on Cape Lookout National Seashore and park stewardship.

Lying just east of the North Carolina mainland are the barrier islands that comprise the famed Outer Banks. Cape Lookout National Seashore protects the southernmost section of this barrier island system. 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 make a visit memorable.

Students from Ocracoke School and Harkers Island Elementary School experienced first-hand what life was like for residents of the two historic island villages—Portsmouth Village and Cape Lookout Village. The project helped foster a sense of stewardship for the park, and allowed students to discover the relevance that the park has in their life and their family's lives.