Get in the field and explore remarkable natural places across North Carolina and beyond, or join us for a workshop onsite. Return to your classroom with a sense of renewal and with practical ways to integrate the natural sciences into your teaching.
Museum Education Photos – View photo highlights of previous Educator Treks.
Participants receive a certificate for CEUs and credit for North Carolina's Environmental Education Certification Program.
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Educator Trek Registration Form (PDF) – Complete, print and mail this form to register for Educator Treks. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email and/or mailed receipt. Workshop details will be sent via email one to two weeks prior to the workshop.
2014-15 Educator Trek Offerings
Click on the links below for more information about each workshop. Workshops are conducted onsite at the Museum or in the field. Departure time for most weekend workshops is 3:45 pm on Friday. Cost for field workshops typically includes transportation from Raleigh, lodging, some meals, and resources. Cost for onsite workshops typically includes resource materials.
Check back often, as offerings will be added and updated!
At NCMNS • Thur, Sept 18, 2014 • 5-9 pm • $25
Learn about common NC caterpillars and how to incorporate them into your teaching.
Outer Banks Adventure
At various sites on the Outer Banks • Fri, Sept 26 - Sun, Sept 28, 2014 • $170
Travel from Corolla to Cape Hatteras and explore the geology and ecology of barrier island habitats from beaches to maritime forests.
Butterfly Pinning and Backyard Bug Collecting: Fall
At NCMNS • Thurs, Oct 9, 2014 • $35
Prepare, pin and mount a variety of spectacular tropical butterflies!
At Great Smoky Mountains National Park • Fri, Oct 24 - Sun, Oct 26, 2014 • $75
Join us as we search for the majestic elk, reintroduced to the Smokies after an absence of more than 200 years.
Winter on Grandfather Mountain
At Grandfather Mountain • Fri, Dec 5 - Sun, Dec 7, 2014 • $140
Experience the magic on winter on Grandfather Mountain and learn about winter adaptations in plants and animals.
Where Swans Fly and Bears Walk
At Pocosin Lakes Nat'l Wildlife Refuge • Fri, Jan 9 - Sat, Jan 10 • $90
Experience one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in North Carolina and gain ideas for incorporating wild creatures into your teaching.
At NCMNS • Friday, January 23, 2015 • 9-5 • $35
Learn techniques used by museum curators to collect, prepare, and care for bird specimens in a research collection.
Land of the Longleaf
At various sites in eastern NC • Fri, Feb 6 - Sun, Feb 8, 2015 • $160
Join educators from NCMNS and the NC Museum of History to learn about the natural and cultural history of the coastal plain.
Forests of the World: PLT Secondary Module
At NCMNS • Sat, Feb 21, 2015 • 10-5 • $10
Learn about the diversity of world forest environments, with an emphasis on human interdependence with these environments.
At NCMNS • Date TBA • 9-5 • $35
Learn techniques used by museum curators to collect, prepare, and care for mammal specimens in a research collection.
Loving the Life Cycle
At NCMNS • Thur, Mar 5, 2015 • 4:30-9pm • $25
Join us as we explore some of our amazing frogs, toads, and salamanders, including our state salamander, the marbled salamander.
At the NC Zoo • Sat, Mar 21, 2015 • $60
Join educators from the NC Zoo and the Museum and get behind the scenes with animals in need of conservation.
GIS Mapping in Your School
At NCMNS • Sat, Apr 4, 2015 • 9-4 • Free (with refundable deposit)
This workshop will introduce a powerful spatial mapping tool known as GIS, or “Geographic Information Systems.”
Butterfly Pinning and Backyard Bug Collecting: Spring
At NCMNS • Thur, Apr 9, 2015 • 6-8pm • $35
Prepare, pin and mount a variety of spectacular tropical butterflies.
Teach your Students to Change the World
At Blue Jay Point County Park, Raleigh • Fri, Apr 17 - Sun, Apr 19, 2015 • $75
Hands-on, outdoor field experiences will provide you with the necessary tools for incorporating citizen science into your teaching.
Spring in the Mountains: Humans & the Environment
At Great Smoky Mountains National Park • Fri, May 1 - Sun, May 3, 2015 • $75
Join us for an exciting weekend exploring the impacts of climate change, air and water quality, and invasive species on NC's mountains.
For additional information about Educator Treks, contact Melissa Dowland at 919.707.9898.