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Outreach Environmental Education

KALE, Kid’s Agricultural Learning Experience, is a hands-on, agricultural-based learning program aligned with the North Carolina State Standards for Education. Located on the Green River Preserve Farm, KALE invites grades 5K – 12 to come get their hands dirty while learning about the world around them. Schools interested in planning a day at the Green River Preserve farm should contact the camp office at 828-698-8828 or email our Director of Education and Outreach, .

Virtual KALE Program

This spring we are excited to bring our KALE program to your classroom! Whether you have an outdoor space to establish a small garden or simply pots in your classroom if you have a willingness and desire to grow something with your students we want to help!

This program is at your own pace and will feature videos and lesson plans about establishing your own garden. We will work with you to get you everything you need.

Click here for directions to KALE.

Our Sustainable Farm

Green River Preserve maintains a seven acre teaching farm in our valley for the benefit of all of our programming. Nearly a ton of produce is generated by the farm annually and is used in our farm to table program at summer camp and for our school programs during the shoulder seasons. During the spring and fall of the farm season, area schools have the opportunity to plan field trips to the Green River Preserve Farm for our KALE program.

Along with traditional regional food crops, our farm also boasts a fruit orchard, herb gardens, cultivated mushrooms and pollinator plants. Ask any camper, however, and they will tell you that the true stars are our loveable gang of goats, chickens, rabbits and pigs. Spending time down on the farm guarantees not only time well spent but a deeper appreciation of our place in and influence over the food system.

Directions to KALE:

Please use the address 6371 Green River Road, Zirconia, NC 28790.

  • From I-26, take Hwy 25 South toward Greenville.
  • Take Exit 3, Green River Road.
  • Turn right going west toward DuPont State Forest.
  • The farm is 6 miles down Green River Road on the left. It is the last house on the left before the road turns to gravel. The house is grey with green shutters.

Do not use the summer camp directions as they will take you to GRP’s summer camp facility which is not where KALE takes place.