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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:

 

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.

CATCH is an interdisciplinary conservation education program focusing on aquatic environments through fish studies, outdoor ethics, water safety and fishing skills. The workshop, teacher guide and student materials were all developed by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. The CATCH materials are designed to be used with youth ages 8-15 years.

Date of Event:
Monday, April 10, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Carolina Beach State Park Visitor Center

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an interdisciplinary environmental education curriculum designed for educators of ANY background. PLT uses the forest as a window into natural and built environments and helps people gain awareness and knowledge about the world around them.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Carolina Beach State Park Visitor Center

The NC Wildlife Resources Commission and Carolina Beach State Park will offer a Herpetology Workshop on North Carolina's native reptiles and amphibians. Through hands-on fieldwork and classroom presentations, participants will learn basic biology, habitat requirements and human interactions with salamanders, frogs, snakes, turtles and lizards.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Carolina Beach State Park Visitor Center

This Workshop is open to anyone 16 years old and older and will introduce participants to the basics of bird watching. Learn how to identify birds by looking for field marks, behavior characteristics, shapes and sizes, songs and habitats. Also, participants will learn how to use field guides and binoculars. EE certification: Criteria II - outdoor experiences.

Date of Event:
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Carolina Beach State Park Visitor Center

Flying WILD professional development workshops are designed with urban/suburban educators in mind. Each training session provides formal and nonformal teachers of K-12 students with a comprehensive overview of Flying WILD: An Educator's Guide to Celebrating Birds, as well as practical hands-on training in its implementation.

Date of Event:
Friday, April 14, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Carolina Beach State Park Visitor Center

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