Earth Day

Love your Mother Earth. Celebrate Earth Day all month!

***Our Earth Day Programs have ended for 2023. We hope to see you in the fall for Harvest Days or for Earth Day 2024!***

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park welcomes you to celebrate Earth Day the entire month of April.
What better place is there to celebrate the Earth than in one of our beautiful NC State Parks? Bring your
students out for a day of hands-on education and adventure. Reserve your date to make sure your students don’t miss out on an unforgettable experience.

Morning Programs

The Need for Trees

We all know trees are important, but do we totally understand the roles they play in everyday life? Join a North Carolina State Parks Ranger as they lead your class through an introduction to the life cycle of a tree, our dependence on tree products and impressive facts about our forest friends. At the end of the program, each student will have the opportunity to get their hands dirty and plant a small tree to take home.

Planet Protectors

Be a part of the solution, not the problem, Humans can have many positive impacts on the environment. In this program, your students will learn how as they explore the Three Rs: reducing, reusing and recycling. At the end of the program students will race through our obstacle course made from reused materials.

Toxins, Teeth, Tails and Talons

From creative camouflage to spectacular senses, all animals have adaptations that help them survive in the wild. Students will be amazed at some of the incredible adaptations of both predators and prey right outside our back doors. Everyone will love meeting some of our wilder teammates to make the lessons come to life.

Secretive Salamanders

Did you know that 17 percent of the world’s salamanders live in the southeastern US? We are so lucky to have these special, secretive amphibians inhabiting our region. Students will learn more about salamanders and what they can do to protect them and conserve their habitats.

Afternoon Options

The best way to see the Park is to get out and explore. Depending on the age of your students, we would love to arrange some guided hikes after lunch. Ask for more details when you call to register.

Nuts and Bolts

Who: Elementary and Middle School Classes

When: Programs are offered on weekdays throughout the month of April. If you’re unable to make it during the month, let us know and we’ll look for a date that can work for you. Typically, programs begin at 9:30am and conclude by noon for lunch. Guided hikes can be arranged for the afternoon. These times can vary depending on individual school schedules and group size.

Cost: $9 per student includes admission for the day plus all programs and materials. One adult chaperone per 10 students is admitted at no cost. Additional adults are $14 each. To register, contact our Groups and Education office at 828-625-9611, ext. 1814 or to reserve your date.


Need help with transportation costs? The Friends of North Carolina State Parks Yip-ee program may be able to help. Get more information here.