We invite you and your students to visit Hunting Island State Park and participate in an educational program. This popular state park, located near historic Beaufort, is a 5,000-acre secluded barrier island of semitropical beauty. As the name implies, the island was once used for hunting deer, raccoon, waterfowl and other small game. As a state park, the island serves as a preserve for its abundant wildlife. With more than four miles of beach, a maritime forest and extensive saltwater marsh, the island is also a retreat for people who love a natural coastal environment. An historic 19th-century lighthouse is Hunting Island’s most popular landmark, where guests can climb to the top for a spectacular view of the coastline. The lighthouse and its complex are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Megan Maule, Interpretive Park Ranger
Online Field Trips START HERE:
Marine Ecology - 5th Grade
The Life and Death of a Barrier Island - 7th Grade
Call or email Megan Maule, Hunting Island’s Interpretive Ranger.
Reservations can be made year-round for Hunting Island State Park for the current school year or the upcoming year.
We request at least one chaperone per 10 students.
Restrooms and a water fountain are located at the Nature Center and near the Lighthouse. Picnic tables are available at the Nature Center and the Lighthouse for students and teachers to have lunch or a snack.
Wear good walking shoes that can get wet and sandy, weather appropriate attire. Bring lunch or snack, sunscreen, bug repellent, reusable water bottles, first aid kit.