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School Field Trips

Thinking of bringing your school group to Old Baldy? It is a field trip like no other. Each student gets to climb to the top of Old Baldy and see sweeping views of the surrounding waterways. Experience the significant history of Bald Head Island through the "eyes of a lighthouse keeper". 

Planning a visit? Here is everything you need to know! 

Educational Programs of an Old Baldy Field Trip

We are able to adapt and respond to a variety of requests for presentations based on your curriculum needs. Our program already meets the curriculum requirements for the State of North Carolina. Below are some of the standard programs recommended for a first time visit: 

A Day in the Life of a Lighthouse Keeper:

Take a step back in time as you tour a replica of an 1850's Lighthouse Keeper's cottage. Tour our museum to learn about life in the nineteenth century and the maritime heritage of the island.

The Role of Old Baldy Lighthouse:

Old Baldy guided mariners home for over a century, stood within the boundaries of a Confederate fort, and served as a radio station for the United States Coast Guard during World War ll.

Civil War- Smith Island:

Walk to the earthen works complex known as Fort Holmes and see the remains of sand curtains, Battery No. 4 used to defend Cape Fear and the blockade runners from the Union Navy.

Island Nature:

Learn more about the natural history and environment of the Lower Cape Fear region as a knowledgeable staff member presents information related to the island's coastal flora and fauna.