Educator Trek: Backbone of North Carolina

  • 2:00pm Friday, September 27, 2024 - 6:00pm Sunday, September 29, 2024

North Carolina mountains

Explore the geology of the North Carolina mountains as we travel along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway from Linville Gorge to Grandfather Mountain. Practice rock and mineral identification with hand samples and at outcrops in the field. Learn about the processes that have shaped our mountains.

Credit: 20 contact hours toward CEUs or Criteria II/III for North Carolina’s Environmental Education Certification Program

Lodging: The workshop fee covers a two-night stay at the NC Forest Service Mountain Training Facility in Crossnore, NC. Most rooms will be double occupancy.

Transportation: Participants can ride with the group from Raleigh departing at 2pm or meet us at the lodging in Crossnore in the early evening. Transportation will be in Museum vans.

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*Note: We do not want cost to be a barrier for any educator. If the cost of this workshop would prevent your participation, please reach out to


  • Fee: $160* (includes lodging, some meals, transportation, and classroom resources)
  • Requirements: For educators (includes teachers, administrators, pre-service or substitute teachers; non-formal educators; anyone working on their EE certification)
  • Trip Leader: Melissa Dowland, Amy Pitts (NC Geological Survey)
  • Activity Level: Moderate
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September 27 @ 2:00 pm
September 29 @ 6:00 pm
$160* (includes lodging, some meals, transportation, and classroom resources)


In the Field

Grandfather Mountain, Linville Gorge, and other sites along the Blue Ridge Parkway


Megan Davis