Environmental education is the first step in creating an appreciation for our natural communities as well as providing insight on how recreational activities can affect these communities.
Park Rangers present interpretive and educational programs throughout the year. These programs range from various ecological hikes, wildlife presentations, hands-on activities, and workshops within the park and its surrounding communities.
The Friends of Chimney Rock State Park supports these interpretive and educational programs through funding of materials, supplies, and wildlife mounts.
Each year North Carolina State Park focuses on an interpretive and educational theme. The Friends of Chimney Rock State Park support this theme through the Reading Ranger Program. This program involves Park Rangers going to local schools and libraries and reading books on this theme to children ages K-5. These books are purchased by the Friends and at the end of the year donated to one of the local libraries. The Friends also purchase educational books for the Park Rangers to assist with continual education in the park.
Animals are so adapted to their environment that we often only catch a glimpse of them as they fly off or scurry back into the forest. Wildlife mounts are excellent resources for explaining how animals have adapted to their natural communities. The Friends raise funds to pay for new wildlife mounts that the Park Rangers use in educational programs. Most mounts are made from animals that were hit by cars.
Explore, learn and help out your state parks! Junior Rangers is a fun way for children to explore with their family, scouts troop or youth group. Activities are geared for children ages 6-12.