Harvest Days

Bring your class to celebrate the changing of seasons with our most popular fall education event, Harvest Days. Students will engage in hands-on educational programs developed to foster their appreciation for the natural world that surrounds us. Your class is sure to enjoy a fun-filled day in one of North Carolina’s most beautiful parks.

Who: Elementary and Middle School Classes

When: Programs are offered September 30 – October 18, 2019

Morning Programs

Basically Bats

Are bats blind? Do they all drink blood? Join a naturalist and do some myth busting about bats. Learn about the misunderstood mammals in a fun and interactive program. Students will explore the secret life of bats and become bats while playing a game of “Bat/Moth.”

Bear Necessities

Join a Park Ranger to begin your adventure into the basics of black bears. What do bears eat? Where do they live? Do they hibernate during NC winters? And, will they attack? Let’s answer these and other common questions about one of the largest mammals in our woods.

Falling into Place

For most of us humans, fall means cooler temperatures, shorter days and beautiful leaves. However, autumn is a very important time of change in the life cycle of plants and trees. This session will explore what they’re doing to prepare for the cooler season ahead. Students will also make a fall craft to take home.

Predator vs. Prey

In the web of life, every role is important. This program will introduce students to the different characteristics between predators and prey while helping them to understand the necessity of them all. Be sure to bring your camera for some up-close critter encounters.

Afternoon Options

The best way to discover Chimney Rock is on one of our guided hikes. Don’t worry, there’s a trail appropriate for each grade level. If you’re concerned about your time but want to hike, talk to our team about replacing a morning program with more time for a hike after lunch.

Price and Registration

Costs: $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 when paid with the group.

Registration: Contact our Groups and Education office at 828-625-9611, ext. 1837 or email education@chimneyrockpark.com to reserve your date.