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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.

Few things are better than enjoying the great outdoors but would you be prepared if something went wrong? Do you have the skills and equipment to survive an unplanned night outdoors? Join a Ranger to learn the Basics of Wilderness Survival. We will handle equipment, learn the minimum gear to carry and practice making survival fires. Bring your own gear to show and share if you want. 

Date of Event:
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Profile Trail Head (4198 Hwy 105 South)

Grandfather Mountain State Park is home to many endangered species, one of which is the Spruce-Fir Moss Spider. Come learn about this creature and how it is a measure of forest health and environmental quality. 

This interactive program will be outdoors, so be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.

Date of Event:
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm
Start Location:
Profile Trail Parking Area, 4198 Hwy 105 S., Banner Elk, NC 28604

When you walk through the woods, what do you see? Most of us see the plants, animals and nonliving objects but fail to read the story behind these. If you know what to look for and how to ‘read’ the forest you get a glimpse into the past and understand the how and why of what brought the forest to its current state. Join a Ranger and learn the skills of reading the forest.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Profile Trail Head (4198 Hwy 105 South)