Prairie Ridge Ecostation

Group Programs

Current group program offerings at Prairie Ridge Ecostation for Wildlife and Learning

Who:  School and Home School groups, Teachers (pre-service & practicing), Summer Camps, Scouts, Service and Continuing Education groups, others

*For public programs, workshops and events please see our program calendar

What:  Topics listed below, many are suitable for either children or adults


  • Class size: 30 participants or fewer; at least a 1:5 adult chaperone:student ratio
  • Cost:  $50 per program

How: Contact Kim Smart at, 919.707.8880.
All scheduling is dependent on staff availability.

Please visit our programs database for more information.

Selected Topics

Green Features

How many inches of rain does it take to fill our cistern? Could our solar panels or wind turbine power your entire house? Find the answers to these and other questions about living sustainably.

Hiking Tour of Prairie Ridge

Take a naturalist-led nature hike through Prairie Ridge Ecostation, visiting the arboretum, pond, prairie, woods or stream. Topics change seasonally.

A student studies in the Nature Neighborhood garden

Native Plants & Wildlife in the Garden

Spend some time enjoying plants in the Nature Neighborhood Garden and taking note of its animal visitors. We will focus on honing observation skills, sketching, and drama.

Nature Journaling

Practice  your observation by journaling. Advanced sessions are available.

A group of students sit by the pond

Pond Studies

Sneak down to the pond to see what’s happening, then take an up-close look at what’s below the surface.


Enjoy a walk in the stream while searching for its residents for a truly immersive experience. Maximum group size of 15 for this program.

Seasonal Citizen Science

Be a scientist for a day, no PhD necessary. Students will participate with real scientific research. Research projects change seasonally, but examples include: bird nest monitoring, leaf litter sampling, Monarch butterflies, and more.

Terrific Trees

Learn about native North Carolina trees in our arboretum.