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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:


Join a Park Ranger for a one hour program about the items every day-hiker should have. Are you ready for your day hike? What if something happens, are you prepared for whatever nature throws your way? After this program you will be! Meet at the Grandfather Mountain State Park office at 9872 Hwy 105 S, Suite 6, Banner Elk, NC 28604.

Date of Event:
Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Grandfather Mountain State Park Office

Appropriate for all ages; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please no pets. | 2-mile hike round trip. 

Date of Event:
Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Boone Fork Parking Area (Just north of the 300 Milepost on Blue Ridge Parkway) (GPS: 36.120076, -81.781358)