Program Full

Educator Trek: Spring on the Millpond

  • 10:00am Saturday, March 27, 2021 - 4:00pm Sunday, March 28, 2021

This program is full, but if you’d like to be added to the waiting list, please go ahead and fill out the registration form!

Paddle across dark waters and between twisted trees, and leave your worries behind! Join us for a one-night canoe camping adventure on Merchants Millpond as we discover the wonders of the bottomland hardwood ecosystem. Take time for observation, reflection, and renewal as the first hints of spring arrive in the swamp. Participants are encouraged to bring their own sleeping bag, but the Museum can supply most other camping gear you might need.

Credit: 16 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.

Health and Safety Precautions:

  • Participants and instructors will meet at Merchants Millpond State Park in Gates County, NC. The Museum is unable to provide transportation at this time.
  • Participants may bring their own tent, or the Museum can supply one.
  • Meals provided by the Museum will be individually packaged.
  • All workshop activities will be conducted in the outdoors.
  • Face coverings are required when social distancing is not possible.

All in-person programs will follow current state and federal health guidelines and apply a range of safety measures to mitigate health risks, including smaller class sizes, moving into larger rooms (if indoors), keeping participants a safe distance from each other and increasing sanitation efforts.

Please note that in-person programs are subject to change or cancellation depending on COVID-19 restrictions. A full refund would be provided in event of a cancellation.


  • Fee: $85 (includes camping fees, canoe rental, 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 and Megan Davis
  • Activity Level: Paddling and camping
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March 27 @ 10:00 am
March 28 @ 4:00 pm
$85 (includes camping fees, canoe rental, some meals)


In the Field

Merchants Millpond State Park, Gates County, NC


Melissa Dowland