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Educator Trek: Backbone of North Carolina

  • 3:30pm Friday, March 02, 2018 - 6:00pm Sunday, March 04, 2018

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

Registration information: Educator Trek Online Registration
Once you complete the online registration form, you will receive an email confirming that there is a space available in the workshop(s) you requested and an invoice for the Trek deposit (typically $25/workshop). You will need to return the invoice with payment within two weeks to confirm your space. Any balance of the workshop fee is due at the time of the workshop and can be brought with you. If the workshop is already full at the time we receive your registration, you will be notified and placed on a waiting list.


  • Fee: $140 (includes lodging, some meals)
  • Requirements: For educators (includes teachers, administrators, pre-service or substitute teachers; non-formal educators; anyone working on their EE certification)
  • Program Instructor: Melissa Dowland, Megan Chesser, and Randy Bechtel
  • Activity Level: Moderate
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March 2 @ 3:30 pm
March 4 @ 6:00 pm
$140 (includes lodging, some meals)


In the Field

Sites along the Blue Ridge Parkway


Melissa Dowland