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

Programs

The Need for Trees

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

Whoo Gives a Hoot?

Owls are popular animals of interest today. Join our naturalists to meet one of our feathered Animal Ambassadors and learn what makes these mysterious nocturnal birds so amazing. Learn more about the owls that call Western North Carolina home and find out what they might eat for dinner!

Amazing Amphibians

What spends half its life in water, half on land and can breathe through its skin? An amphibian, of course! 2015 is the Year of the Amphibian for NC State Parks. Learn what makes this special group of animals so fascinating and so important to our ecosystem.

Ten Essentials

Every hike is its own journey and for those who love to hike, there’s nothing as rewarding as a successful expedition. Join NC State Park Rangers to discuss the Ten Essentials of Hiking to make sure you’re always prepared for whatever the path may bring.

Registration: Call 800-277-9611/828-625-9611 to register for Spring Homeschool Day.
Registration closes one week prior to event date on April 8, 2015.

 

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 lives? Let our Park naturalist 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.

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!

 

Important Details

Times: Plan to arrive no later than 9:30am. Programs begin promptly at 9:45am and will conclude by 12:15pm 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.

Mark your calendars for Fall 2015 Homeschool Day: Wed., Oct. 14, 2015.
Programs to be announced soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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