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Curriculum Guides

Environmental education learning experiences (EELEs) are correlated to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. Competency goals in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts are explored. Each program includes pre-visit, on-site and post-visit student activities that have measurable objectives, background information, vocabulary, references and step-by-step activity instructions.

Following are some samples of state park EELEs. (If a link is not provided, an EELE is not available at this time.)

Carolina Beach State Park - Carvers Creek State Park - Chminey Rock State Park - Cliffs of the Neuse State Park - Crowders Mountain State Park - Dismal Swamp State Park - Elk Knob State Park - Eno River State Park EELE - part 1 Eno River State Park EELE - part 2 - Falls Lake State Recreation Area - Fort Fisher State Recreation Area - Fort Macon State Park - Goose Creek State Park - Gorges State Park - Grandfather Mountain Sate Park- Hammocks Beach State Park - Hanging Rock State Park - Haw River State Park - Jockey's Ridge State Park - Jones Lake State Park - Jordan Lake State Recreation Area - Kerr Lake State Recreation Area - Lake James State Park - Lake Norman Sate Park - Lake Waccamaw State Park - Lumber River State Park - Mayo River State Park - Medoc Mountain State Park - Merchants Millpond State Park - Morrow Mountain State Park - Mount Mitchell State Park - Mount Jefferson State Natural Area - New River State Park - Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area - Pettigrew State Park - Pilot Mountain State Park - Raven Rock State Park - Singletary Lake State Park - South Mountains State Park - Stone Mountain State Park - Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve - William B. Umstead State Park

A free copy of an EELE is available by attending the park's EELE workshop.

Annual Resources

2017 Year of the Spider

Resources can be found on the 2017 Year of the Spider page

2016 Centennial Year

Resources can be found on the 100 s'More Years page.

2015 Year of the Amphibian

Resources can be found on the Dance in the Rain page.

2014 Year of the Lepidoptera

Resources can be found on the Emerge and Fly page.

NC Science Festival Activities

Science activities in parks (PDF)

Educator Workshops

Environmental Education Certification. The N.C. Office of Environmental Education manages a nationally recognized professional development program that certifies educators in environmental education. Most of the workshops can be applied toward EE certification in one of three categories: Criteria I, II or III.

Advanced Interpretive Training (AIT). This certification is offered only to employees within the Division of Parks and Recreation. However, other educators are welcome to attend the AIT workshops listed in this calendar.

Browse workshops below:


This six hour workshop will cover the basics of astronomy. You will learn how you can create a successful astronomy program with no more equipment then a clear dark night, your night vision, and binoculars if you have them. The course will also introduce concepts of the moon and its phases, using sky maps to locate constellations, putting our solar system into perspective, and so much more.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 1:00pm to 8:00pm
Start Location:
Please meet at the park visitor center classroom.

Project WILD workshops are for adults interested in teaching young people about wildlife. Participants receive the Project WILD K-12 educator guide along with materials specifically about North Carolina wildlife. The educator guide contains more than 150 hands-on activities that focus on wildlife and natural resources.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Please meet at the Dogwood Shelter in the parks Picnic Area.

Participants will learn about the bat species that occur in North Carolina, netting and monitoring programs including a demonstration if possible, acoustic recording surveys and white-nosed and other health related management concerns.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Please meet at the Dogwood Shelter of the parks Picnic Area.

This 6 hour course covers the beginner basics of fly fishing and how to host a fly fishing clinic for visitors. Course covers fish ID (native and stocked), fishing regulations, how water quality and macro invertebrates correlate to good fishing spots, fly selection, knot tying, casting, and how to lead your own fishing clinic.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Please meet at the Lower Parking Lot Area.

Plants are fascinating, but they can take some time to get to know and can be tricky to ID. The trick is to take it one plant at a time and build from there. You probably know more than you think. Participants will be introduced to basic flower structures, using dichotomous keys for hands-on ID, photography tips and EE techniques.

Date of Event:
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 9:00am to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Elk Knob State Park Office