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Outdoor & Environmental Education

Apple Ridge Farms
Apple Ridge Farm Environmental Education Center offers exciting hands-on natural science studies to school-age children kindergarten through seventh grade. Apple Ridge uses an exploratory approach to developing an appreciation and understanding of the natural world and the systems within it. We choose interactive activities that utilize skills of observation, discovery and investigation.

W.E. Skelton 4-H Camp
W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center's Outdoor Education program offers local and regional elementary, middle and high school students the educational experience of a lifetime.  Through the 4-H motto “learn by doing”, teachers and school administrators can choose from four innovative program options:

Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing
For almost 20 years Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing has been catering to schools of all kinds from day trips to week-long field trips that we can customize to fit your needs and budget.  Foster leadership and develop teamwork by combing outdoor education programs with confidence-building adventure components.

Mill  Mountain Discovery Center
The primary mission of the Discovery Center is to create an awareness and appreciation of this beautiful natural resource we call Mill Mountain via environmental education exhibits, programs and classes. Thanks to a professional staff and dynamic partnerships, during the past two years over 140 educational programs, day camps and community events have been offered at the facility. These programs focus on wildlife, geology, ecology, mountain flora, fauna, natural history and the human impact.

Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School
Mountain Shepherd is one of the finest wilderness survival schools in the U.S. Featured in National Geographic Adventure, Backpacker, Readers' Digest, the Washington Post, and the book "Deep Survival," Mountain Shepherd helps you gain the experience and develop a higher level of confidence to enjoy any wilderness environment. We provide you with the expert skills and knowledge necessary to cope in the wilderness while camping, hiking, or if you are confronted with a wilderness survival situation.

Claytor Nature Study Center
The Claytor Nature Study Center is a 470-acre outdoor classroom and laboratory dedicated to the study and appreciation of our natural environment.  The center boasts the 7,700-square-foot education and research facility, astronomical observatory, an antebellum farmhouse with landscaped gardens, and many natural features.

SEEDS - Seek Education, Explore, Discover
SEEDS works with public schools, private schools, and home schooling groups on providing supplemental curriculum (SEEDS style!) that meets the needs of accelerated, very active, and curious students alike.

Mountain Lake Conservancy
A Mountain Lake Conservancy Adventure awaits you and your class!
By promoting our mission to "further Mary Moody Northen's desire to forge bonds between people and nature in Mountain Lake's unique environment," the MLC has a stated commitment to providing educational opportunities to people of all ages. With our specially designed environmental education programs, we aim to provide an opportunity for your students to step out of their classrooms and into the natural world to make connections.  We strive to supplement your lesson plans by  incorporating hands-on learning with SOL-based instruction to school-age students. 

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