Harvest Days 2024

Celebrate fall in WNC with your students at Chimney Rock.

Fall is the perfect time for a field trip to Chimney Rock. Our popular Harvest Day programs give students the opportunity to experience interactive learning surrounded by the beauty of changing seasons. Reserve your spot soon, as space is limited and these programs book up every year.

Morning Programs

Morning activities typically begin at 9:30 am and break by noon for lunch. However, the schedule is flexible based on your needs.

Geology ROCKS

Is there a better place to learn about rocks than Chimney Rock? We think not. Students will enjoy participating in a hands-on “rock lab” to discover the diverse characteristics in the geological world. We promise you will have a rockin’ good time.

Predator vs Prey
Join a park naturalist and some of the park’s animal ambassadors to discover why their roles in the ecosystem are so important. Explore the adaptations that determine an animal’s place in the food chain and the importance of predators and prey in nature. Students will play a fun game to test their skills.

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 the NC winters? And will they attack? Let’s answer these and other common questions about one of the largest mammals in our woods.

Magical Migration
This engaging program introduces the process of migration and what makes it so magical. Students will learn how species in their own backyard make an incredible journey in order to survive. At the end of the program, a fun activity lets everyone experience migration for themselves.

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.

Nuts and Bolts

Who: Elementary and Middle School Classes

When: Programs are offered weekdays in October, 2024. If your class is unable to visit during the month of October, please contact us. We may be able to work around your needs.

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.

Registration: Contact our Groups and Education office at 828-625-9611, ext. 1837 or [email protected] to reserve your date.