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Project RESTORE Educator Trek: Waterdog Warriors

  • 9:00am Saturday, December 09, 2023 - 4:00pm Sunday, December 10, 2023

salamander with frilly gills underwaterNeuse River waterdog underwater. Photo: Melissa McGaw/NRWRC.

Dates: December 9 & 10, 2023
Times: 9am to 4pm each day
If you are from out of town and would require lodging to participate in this workshop, please contact Melissa Dowland (melissa.dowland@naturalsciences.org).

Join us in the search for one of North Carolina’s rarest salamanders, the federally threatened Neuse River waterdog, found only in the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River Basins in North Carolina. Learn from expert biologists, explore the natural history of the waterdog, observe historically collected specimens and participate in field monitoring of the species. Discover how you can bring the excitement of field research of this rare species into your classroom.

With support from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Project RESTORE (Rescuing Endangered Species Through Outreach, Restoration, and Education) will feature a suite of educational opportunities for teachers and students to participate in restoration and monitoring of imperiled and endangered species in eastern North Carolina.

Locations/Transportation: On Saturday, we will meet at the Museum in downtown Raleigh before heading to field sites in Johnston County. On Sunday, we’ll meet at Prairie Ridge Ecostation in West Raleigh before returning to field sites. On both days, you can leave your vehicle parked in Raleigh and ride in Museum vans; we will return to Raleigh by 4pm.

Credit: 12 contact hours toward CEUs or Criteria II/III for North Carolina’s Environmental Education Certification Program

Registration: This workshop is already full, but please join our waiting list if you are interested in attending. We often are able to offer spots to those on the waiting list closer to the date of the workshop.


  • Fee: $25 deposit (will be refunded upon completion of the workshop)
  • Requirements: For educators (includes teachers, administrators, pre-service or substitute teachers; non-formal educators; anyone working on their EE certification)
  • Program Instructor: Melissa Dowland, Danielle Pender, Eric Teitsworth, Dr. Jennifer Archambault, Alvin Braswell
  • Activity Level: Hiking on uneven surfaces and extended time outdoors in winter weather
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December 9, 2023 @ 9:00 am
December 10, 2023 @ 4:00 pm
$25 deposit (will be refunded upon completion of the workshop)


Environmental Conference Center

In the Field


Melissa Dowland