Education for the Entire Family to Enjoy!

Homeschool Education Programs and Field Trips

Come see why our "outdoor classroom" makes learning fun in so many ways! We have a variety of programs that are available all year 'round for your homeschool association field trips - just call for pricing and to book a visit 828-625-4697 ext. 2.

Spring and Fall Homeschool Days for homeschooling families have programs and activities to get your students involved and in touch with nature. And don’t forget your admission is good for the day so make sure to stay and play!

SPRING 2015 HOMESCHOOL DAY: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Check back soon for details on the programs we'll be presenting for spring. You can review the year-round program descriptions for an idea of what we may be presenting for your students. The price and registration information for spring is below. We hope you and your students can join us for what promises to be an exciting and fun day in the Park!

Registration: Call 800-277-9611/828-625-9611 to register for Spring Homeschool Day.
Registration closes one week prior to event date.


Year-round Programs

The Need for Trees

We all know trees are important, but do we totally understand the roles they play in our everyday life? Let our Park Specialist lead your class through an introduction to the life cycle of a tree, basic tree ID and impressive facts about our forest friends.

Bug Off!

Let’s face it, bugs are everywhere! Most folks refer to both spiders and insects as bugs, but there are many differences. Students will love learning the different characteristics of spiders and insects while they learn to recognize their importance in our world. We'll pay special attention to the butterflies and moths in recognition of North Carolina State Parks' Year of the Lepidoptera!

Skins. Skulls, Tracks & Traces

Bobcats, owls, rattlesnakes and bats are just some of the animals that roam, slither or soar their way through Chimney Rock and Western North Carolina. Seeing these critters may be rare, but we know they’re here by the traces they leave behind. This program challenges us to put our detective skills to the test!

What a Ranger Does

Being a Park Ranger is a dream for many kids. Join a NCSP Ranger and find out what it really means to do this job, and give your students the opportunity to get one step closer to achieving their NC State Park Jr Ranger Certification! See more details below on the Jr Ranger program:

Have Your Students Become Certified Jr Rangers!
This spring we are offering your students the opportunity to become certified Jr Rangers. The North Carolina State Park Jr Ranger program encourages kids to explore the outdoors safely and learn about the significance of preserving our natural places. By attending the morning programs, your scouts will be halfway to earning their patch. We’ll arrange afternoon service projects so everyone can fulfill their other requirements and host a graduation for all participating scouts in late afternoon. Please let us know when you call to register if you are interested in joining us for this program!

Nuts & Bolts

Times: Plan to arrive by 9:30am. Programs begin promptly at 9:45am and will conclude by noon for lunch. There are plenty of areas to picnic directly after programs are done. You’re also welcome to leave for lunch and return to explore the Park in the afternoon. Please just check back in with our Ticket Plaza staff.  

Costs: Event costs cover admission to the Park for the entire day, all programs and program supplies. 

  • $7.50 per Grady’s Kids Club Member/$13 per non-member student
  • No charge for adult Annual Passholders/$12 for non-passholder adults

Year-round registration for Homeschool Associations: Call 828-625-4697 ext. 2

Registration: Call 800-277-9611/828-625-9611 to register for Spring and Fall Homeschool Days.


FALL 2015 HOMESCHOOL DAY: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Programs to be announced soon.

Registration closes one week prior to event date.







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