Earth Day



Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park celebrates Earth Day all month in April for schools like yours! Join our team of naturalists and State Park rangers to discover what makes this special day of recognition so important. Learn some remarkable things about the world right here in Western NC, too. Reserve your date to make sure your students don’t miss out on an unforgettable experience.



Morning Programs

Bug Out

Bugs are yuck, right? Wrong! Here at Chimney Rock we love our bugs and all the benefits that come with them. With almost a million species worldwide, like it or not, they share our home. Discover how they play vital roles both locally and throughout the world. To conclude, students will put their knowledge to the test with an interactive game.


The Need for Trees

We all know trees are important, but do we really understand the roles they play in everyday life? Join a Ranger to lead your class through an introduction to 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.



Back by popular demand! This program teaches students why you should recycle, what you can recycle, where it goes after you drop it off and what products are made from your recycled materials. Kids love putting all of their newly-gained knowledge to the test in the Recycling Relay.


Toxins, Tails, Teeth and Talons

All native 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. A short craft at the end of the lesson will let everyone show off their new knowledge.

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 opens November 1, 2018. Contact our Education Department at or 828-625-4697 to reserve your date.