Earth Day

Celebrate 2021 Earth Day All Month!

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park welcomes you to celebrate Earth Day the entire month of April. Join our team to learn more about stewardship, science and the world around us right here in Western North Carolina. 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 really understand the roles they play in everyday life? Your class will explore the life cycle of a tree, basic tree ID 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.

Weather or Not

Have you ever watched a storm cloud build and wonder what was happening up in the sky? Become a meteorologist for the day and gain a better understanding of our ever-changing weather. We predict that this interactive program will have budding scientists learning up a storm!

Toxins, Teeth, Tails and Talons

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 that are right outside our back doors. A short craft at the end of the lesson will let everyone show off their new knowledge.

Beetles 101

What’s creepy, crawly and right under our feet? Beetles! Did you know that there are more than 500,000 species of beetles around the world? It’s the “Year of the Beetle” in NC State Parks! Learn about the many interesting ways that these fascinating creatures play a role in our ecosystem.

Afternoon Options

Depending on the age of your students, we would love to arrange some guided hikes after lunch. Ask for 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. These times can vary depending on individual school schedules and group size.

Cost: $8.50 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 $12 each when paid with the group; otherwise, additional adults are $15 each.

Registration is now open. To reserve your date, contact our Education Department at or 828-625-9611 ext. 1814.