The wilds of the Southern Appalachians can be a useful to those knowledgeable in woodcraft and a curse to those who consume a misidentified plant. Join a Ranger for a stroll through the woods and learn some science and folklore behind our botanical bounty. We will not be collecting or consuming plants during this program. Wear close toed shoes and dress for the weather.
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 theme resources pages
- 2019 — Year of the Snake — Scale Back Your Fear
- 2018 — Year of the Fish — Get Hooked
- 2017 — Year of the Spider — Take a Spin
- 2016 — Centennial Year — 100 S'More Years
- 2015 — Year of the Amphibian — Dance in the Rain
- 2014 — Year of the Lepidoptera — Emerge and Fly
NC Science Festival Activities
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.