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Wild Horse Curriculum Institute at Cape Lookout National Seashore

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Join park rangers, scholars, and fellow educators for a week-long institute learning about the legendary wild horses on Shackleford Banks in Cape Lookout National Seashore. Shackleford Banks, the southernmost barrier island of Cape Lookout National Seashore, is home to more than 100 wild horses.

Monday, June 26 – Friday, June 30, 2017
9 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily
Location: Beaufort, NC + Cape Lookout National Seashore
Application deadline is May 19, 2017

Shackleford Bank horses - courtesy National Park Service

Shackleford Bank horses – courtesy National Park Service

We are specifically seeking teachers working with students in grades 4-12 for this project. Participating teachers will be asked to contribute to a 3-4 lesson unit as well as their own classroom-ready lesson plans during and following the institute. Structured time throughout the week will be provided for curriculum writing, and participants will be asked to submit a first draft of activities by July 15, with a final draft integrating any feedback by August 15.

During our time together in June (26th – 30th), we will travel from Beaufort to Cape Lookout National Seashore Visitor Center via van and/or Shackleford Banks via ferry. One or two days will be classroom-based, learning more about the ecology of the island, biology of the horses, and existing educational resources, and the remainder of the days will be spent in the field with scientists working on the island.

We will provide optional lodging to participants in nearby Beaufort, NC at the Inlet Inn, transportation between Cape Lookout and other sites, and a total stipend of $1200.

Cape Lookout Lighthouse - courtesy of National Park Service

Cape Lookout Lighthouse – courtesy of National Park Service

Applicants must be comfortable in a moderately strenuous, primitive outdoor environment for much of the day. When on the island, participants will be required to pack in all their needs for the day including water, and pack out all their trash. Upon acceptance, a suggested equipment list will be provided.

To Apply: Please complete the application at Applications will be reviewed by the project coordinators and Cape Lookout staff. We are looking for teachers that have experience applying field-based research into classroom lesson plans and who currently teach in grades 4-12. Space is limited to 4 teachers.

Questions? Contact Kati McArdle, Project Coordinator, NCSU College of Natural Resources – PRTM,

Wild Horse Institute Project Area - courtesy of National Park Service

Wild Horse Institute Project Area – courtesy of National Park Service