Environmental education learning experiences (EELEs) are educational programs correlated to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. Competency goals in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts are explored. Each program includes pre-visit, on-site and post-visit student activities that have measurable objectives, background information, vocabulary, references and step-by-step activity instructions.
State parks are a resource for educators. By attending an EELE workshop educators meet the park staff, test the student activities on-site with other adult educators, practice teaching techniques for working with children outdoors and learn about the park's natural history.
Educators are able to earn credit towards the state's environmental education certification. Teachers gain contact hours to be submitted to DPI for continuing education credit (CEU).
Please use the “Educational Workshops” link on the menu to the left to find an upcoming workshop at nearby park.
Each state park and recreation area has an EELE curriculum guide that includes on-site activities, pre- and post-visit activities, student information pages, worksheets, fact sheets, vocabulary, and references. Following are some samples of state park EELEs.
A free copy of an EELE is available by attending the park's EELE workshop, or you can borrow these guides through interlibrary loan at any public library in North Carolina.