With its marshes, maritime forest and beach, the educational focus of Huntington Beach State Park fosters an understanding of how natural communities are interdependent on each other and dependent on us. To protect our natural heritage, we must learn that we are part of, not apart from, the natural world. Through observation and hands-on activities, students gain an understanding of the importance of the resources found on this park and enhance their appreciation of environmental issues facing their own communities.
Mike Walker, Interpretive Ranger
Environmental Detectives - 3rd/4th grade
Life in the Marine Ecosystem - 5th grade
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Atalaya Voices of the Past - 5th grade
Fiddling with Populations - 7th grade
Reservations can be made beginning August 1 for the upcoming school year, preferably by e-mailing Mike Walker, Huntington Beach State Park’s Interpretive Ranger at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We request at least one chaperone per 10 students. Teachers, bus drivers and one chaperone per every seven students are admitted free.
Note: We also include a park map with the meeting location highlighted in our invoice/confirmation letter.
Outdoor classroom, freshwater marsh, brackish water impoundment, salt marsh, ADA –accessible wetland boardwalks, beach, covered picnic shelters, picnic area, national historic landmark (Atalaya), gift shop and modern restrooms with a water fountain. Snacks, drinks, and souvenirs are available for purchase at the gift shop.
Atalaya is an additional $2/person admission if a Discover Carolina program has not been scheduled there.
Please note: While Atalaya has restroom facilities, they are rather small. The Marsh Boardwalk and Oyster Landing do not have any restroom facilities. For large groups, we recommend using the main restroom facilities across from the gift shop.
Please dress appropriately for the weather. In the fall and spring, the beach and salt marsh can be quite breezy, so a light jacket or windbreaker may be appropriate. Sunscreen and access to drinking water are also important. Closed-toe footwear that can get wet or muddy is required for any salt marsh programs (Fiddling with Populations and Secrets of the Salt Marsh) Old sneakers or tennis shoes work best.
Please leave valuables at home. Any items that fall into the marsh from the boardwalk or a wildlife viewing area will not be retrievable.
Atalaya, our National Historic Landmark, can also be fragile. Please, no climbing in the window grills or on the brickwork.