Environmental Education Programs
Wildlife Explorer Programs
Have you ever wondered about some of the critters and plants that live around us here in Iredell County? If so join us for our new Nature Explorer programs. We will hold one each month starting in April and running through September. Wildlife Explorers will take a hands-on approach to teaching environmental education to young children ages 5 to 11. Adults are also welcome to participate along with their explorer. Each program will last about 1-1/2 hours, include park exploration, and a take home craft to remember your exploration. Pre-registration required and is available online.
Nature Doesn’t Rest - April 8th, 1:30pm - 3pm $10
One of the most amazing things about nature is that it never takes a break. Nature – and all of its plants, animals, and processes – never stops
Exploring Essentials - May 6th, 1:30pm - 3pm $10
Maps, setting up camp, and using our senses to explore the nature right under our noses.
Homey Habitats - June 3rd, 1:30pm - 3pm $10
A habitat is where plants and animals live. A habitat includes all of the things that make a place livable, including food, water, and shelter. Parks provide habitat for many plants and animals. We’ll explore what habitats exist in our local park.
Critters Big and Small - July 1st, 1:30pm - 3pm $10
Animals come in every shape, size, and color imaginable. We look for critters of all sizes and shapes and signs of there life in our local parks
Wonderful Water - August 12th, 1:30pm - 3pm $10
Water is essential to life, including human life. It really is THAT important. Clean water provides healthy habitats for many plants and animals. Use nets and some other fun exploring tools to learn about life in the water.
So Many Birds - September 9th, 1:30pm - 3pm $10
Birds are especially cool animals – and there are an amazing variety of birds. Many birds soar high in the sky, while others do not fly at all. Go on a bird watching walk through the park and learn more about these feathered friends.
Custom Environmental Education Programs
Submit a program/group reservation request via our online request form for custom programs.
The T.R.E.E.E Program
The Outdoor Education Center has partnered with the TREEE Program to offer a diverse curriculum that has been developed from the ground up using the 3rd and 5th grade NC Essential Standards as its foundation. These standards are a portion of the revisions implemented in the 2012-2013 school year. STEM attributes and anti-bullying topics have also been incorporated. Our curriculum offers twenty different classes, engaging students through the exploration of nature, scientific experimentation, and group projects. Classes cover a diverse range of topics, and a list of classes for your grade level can be supplied upon request. Each class aligns with multiple standards; and the curriculum as a whole covers all 3rd and 5th grade science standards, as well as additional standards from other content areas for those age groups.