Other Educator Resources 

These resources are available from other agencies and organizations to support educators who teach about wildlife and our natural resources.



Experiences Promoting Learning Outdoors for Research and Education (ecoEXPLORE) is an incentive-based citizen science program for children in grades K-8 who reside in North Carolina. This innovative pilot program, developed by The North Carolina Arboretum, combines science exploration with kid-friendly technology to foster a fun learning environment for children and encourages them to explore the outdoors and become a citizen scientist.


eMammal is a system for collecting, storing, and sharing camera trap data.  The system is designed for scientists and citizen scientists, and anyone who wants to join in the fun and discovery of camera trapping. Professional and volunteer camera trappers use our software to look at pictures, identify animals, and upload them to the Smithsonian Data Repository for review and storage. These data are useful for addressing important scientific and conservation questions, and the pictures provide a unique view into the hidden world of wildlife.

Hands on the Land

Hands on the Land (HOL) is a national network of field classrooms and agency resources to connect students, teachers, families, and volunteers with public lands and waterways. Hands on the Land brings classroom learning to life in America's largest classroom!


A citizen science project and online soical network of naturalists, citizen scientists and biologists builit on the concetp of mappping and hsharing observations of biodiverisity across the globe.  Contribute to Science...Every observation can contribute to biodiversity sciens, from the rarest butterfly to teh most common backyard week.  Your findings are shared with scienfific data rspositiories like th3 Goabal Biodiversity Information Factily to help scientists find and use your data.  All you have to do is observe.


National Achery in the Schools Program (NASP) 

National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) is a national organization that partners with state conservation agencies such as the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) to bring international target style archery to schools. The program and equipment are designed for 4th through 12th-grade students.


NC Envirothon

The NC Envirothon has been providing quality education and enrichment opportunities to North Carolina students for 25 years. A leader in natural resource, ecology and environmental education, the Envirothon has been helping to develop NC’s leaders for the future.
In 1990, the NC Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts (ASWCD) decided to participate in the Envirothon, along with the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Massachusetts and Maine. As a result of that decision, the NCASWCD formed the NC Envirothon committee to develop and run the program on behalf of the NCASWCD. The first NC Envirothon competition was held in 1991 with just 5 teams participating. Today, over 290 teams across the state participate each year in the NC Envirothon program.

The program boasts a successful history of providing hands-on environmental and natural resource management education to students, empowering young people with the competencies and motivation vital to achieving and maintaining a natural balance  between quality of life and the of the environment.



An initiative of the NC Arboretum, professional environmental educators provide modeling of outdoor education techniques for teachers as they guide students through an introductory lesson at the beginning of the school year, offer support to teachers as needed through the school year and lead a discussion and wrap-up activity incorporating the NC Standard Course of Study with students in the spring.   Teachers also receive a small grant award to purchase materials and borrow field equipment for the school year.  Teachers conduct weekly field observations with their students on one of three projects: Tree Phenology, Squirrel Population Density, Bird Population Occurrence.

Trout in the Classroom Program

Trout in the Classroom (TIC)  -  an environmental education program in which students in grades k-12:

        Raise trout from eggs to fry.
        Monitor tank water quality.
        Engage in stream habitat study.
        Learn to appreciate water resources.
        Begin to foster a conservation ethic.
        Grow to understand ecosystems.

FAQ-Trout In the Classroom

Basic StartUp Info - Trout in the Classroom

Hatchery Operations - How NCWRC raises trout for Trout in Classroom Program