Harvest Days

Bring your class to celebrate the changing of seasons at 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 28 – October 23, 2020*

Morning Programs

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.

It’s the Year of Fire for NC State Parks, and we are celebrating! It’s okay to be nervous when you hear about fire, but it’s important to understand the vital role fire plays in our ecosystem, too. Join a naturalist and learn about the benefits of fire as well as some management practices.

Nocturnal Animals
What kind of animals come out when Chimney Rock closes for the night?  Students will gain knowledge about our native nocturnal species and what makes them all so unique.  Meet a couple of our special animal ambassadors and see the incredible characteristics of these creatures.

Plant Power
Did you know plants have adaptations that help them to survive just like animals? This program will introduce students to some fascinating traits that plants have developed. Everyone will be surprised by how many of these interesting plants live right here in Western NC.

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. 1814 or email programs@chimneyrockpark.com to reserve your date.