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 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 experience they won’t forget.


Amazing Amphibians

Did you know Chimney Rock State Park is located in a part of the world with an abundance of amphibians? Your class will love learning about the life cycle, habitats and traits of these fascinating animals. You’ll be surprised who might be living right out your back door!

The Need for Trees

We all know trees are important, but do we really understand the roles they play in everyday life? Let our Park Specialist 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 when they take home a small tree to plant.


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

Many native plants and animals have adaptations that help them survive in the wild. Your class will be amazed at some of the incredible adaptations of flora and fauna right outside our back doors. Don’t forget your camera to capture some up-close encounters with our fascinating neighbors.

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! If you plan on taking your group up to the Chimney after programs, please coordinate with us when you make your reservation.

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.

Costs: $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 $10 each when paid with the group; otherwise, additional adults are $13 each.

Registration: Contact Emily Walker, Education Manager/Park Naturalist, at 828-625-4697 ext. 1 or email to reserve your date.