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School of Environmental Education

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Green River Preserve’s School of Environmental Education (SEE), offers 3 to 5-day residential outdoor education programs for public and private schools and homeschool groups. Our curriculum is designed for rising 5th grade through middle school and is easily adaptable for older and younger students. Participants spend their days exploring the preserve’s waterfalls, caves, and mountain overlooks in small field groups of 10-12 students. SEE programs are available in the fall and spring. We can serve up to 120 participants each week.

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On October 1st, we will open all dates for the following year’s fall programs. On September 1st, we will open dates for that year’s Spring programs.

Days & Rates

Length Students Adults
3 day program $265 $140
4 day program $335 $165
5 day program $400 $200

2024 Spring Dates

Dates Available School Served
April 23 - April 26 Our Lady Grace, Rainbow School,Casa Esperanza Montessori, Davidson Green School
April 29 - May 3 Holy Name of Jesus, Porter Gaud
May 6 - May 10 Summit School, St. Mary Magdalen
May 14 - May 17 Cooper School, Lexington, Montessori School Anderson

2024 Fall Dates

Dates Available School Served
September 3 - September 6 Episcopal Day School, Ashley Hall
September 10 - September 13 East Cooper Charter Montessori School
September 16 - September 20 Hickory Day School, St. Pius X
September 24 - September 72 Franklin School of Innovation
October 1 - October 4 Trinity Episcopal School, 1 school space open
October 7 - October 10 St. Mary Magdalene, 1 school space open smaller school

Feel free to inquire about specific date possibilities earlier in September or dates later in October. Please call for more information. 828.698.8828

Enivornmental Education Curriculum

SEE focuses on three basic themes: cultural heritage, ecological respect, and stewardship. We explore these themes through an inquiry-based learning approach. We believe understanding the interconnectedness between humans and nature among these themes brings respect and knowledge for one’s self, each other, and all living things.

During the visit, students and teachers are exposed to a multitude of Southern Blue Ridge Mountains aspects while hiking the preserve with our naturalists in the morning and afternoon. Topics may include but are not limited to the diverse Appalachian ecosystem, primitive arts and crafts, and mountain culture. The integration of the interdisciplinary unit with GRP’s hands-on field trip experience gives students a profound understanding of the three basic themes: cultural heritage, ecological respect, and stewardship.

Activities might include:

  • Hiking throughout the 3,400-acre private wildlife preserve
  • Hands-on experiences in field ecology
  • Animal tracking
  • Wildlife observation
  • Field journaling and sketching
  • Practicing Leave-No-Trace guidelines
  • Medicinal and edible plants
  • Stream ecology
  • Appalachian geology, including cave dwellings

The Classroom

Green River Preserve’s 3,400 acres offers the perfect learning, exploration environment for all ages. Rich in ecological and cultural history, the stories from this land will bond you to a larger community of learners, those from centuries past. Participants may spend the day climbing to one of our waterfalls, spelunking in an old Cave, discovering rare pitcher plants in a bog, or looking out over the green river valley at one of our bald outlooks.

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  • From I-26, take Exit 40 for the Asheville Regional Airport. Head west towards Brevard, NC, on NC-280 W. Go approximately 15.3 miles.
  • At the Wal-Mart intersection, turn left onto US-64 E (Hendersonville Hwy.)
  • Go 3.7 miles to Crab Creek Road. There is a Marathon gas station/convenience store at this corner.
  • Turn right onto Crab Creek Road. Drive 4.3 miles to Dupont Road.
  • Turn right onto Dupont Road (follow signs for Dupont State Forest). Dupont Road becomes Staton Road.
  • Continue on this road until it dead-ends into Cascade Lake Road.
  • Turn left onto Cascade Lake Road. Go 2.4 miles
  • Turn left onto Reasonover Road (right before Cedar Mountain Fire Station).
  • Go 4 miles. At the end of the pavement, bear right onto Green River Road. Go 1/4 mile on the gravel, then take the second driveway on the left. There will be a sign for GRP that says “Opening and Closing Day Entrance.” (There is a big parking lot to turn the bus around.) Reminder: DO NOT FOLLOW YOUR GPS. IT WILL BE WRONG AND YOU WILL LOSE CELL SERVICE ON DUPONT ROAD.

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