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Project OWL Educator Workshop

June 17th, 2022 @10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Students on a field trip exploring Linville Peak on Grandfather Mountain

NOTE: This Educator Workshop is intended specifically for educators — not the general public.

Project OWL (Outdoor Wonders and Learning), presented by the N.C. Arboretum and instructed by OWL coordinator Michelle Pearce, is a curriculum program that supports formal and non-formal educators with grades K-5 to deliver multi-disciplinary learning experiences in the outdoors. Educators gain skills and resources to facilitate engaging, inquiry-based lessons that meet N.C. Essential Standards and develop comfort with science and nature.

N.C. Environmental Education Certification Credit (NC EE): Criteria I, 6 hours (10 hours possible with homework option) and CEU credit are available.

Advance registration is required and costs $15 (to cover course materials). Limited to 25 participants. Registration opens here April 18. Purchase tickets below. Attendees are also asked to bring their own lunch, although there is a restaurant on site.

What to Bring?
Your time will be spent indoors and outdoors and all programs are held rain, snow or shine. You should be prepared for a variety of mountain weather conditions and temperatures. Appropriate clothing, equipment, and footwear are very important. Please bring a daypack with enough room to carry extra clothing (i.e., extra layers, rain gear), water, lunch, notepad/paper, pen/pencil, etc. Mildred’s Grill will be open and participants may purchase food from the restaurant for lunch if they prefer to do so.

Additional information
Educational Experience Forms will be available for certification hours and Continuing Education Credit for the instructor to sign off on. Grandfather Mountain may also serve as Criteria III – Site visit hours, but these hours must be gained outside of the time that the workshop takes place (i.e., prior to or after the workshop). Staff will be available to sign off on these site visit forms.

The majority of Grandfather Mountain events generally sell out and have a waiting list. If you cannot attend the event that you registered for please let us know. Full refunds will be given to individuals who reach out to us at least five days before the event. This allows time for individuals on the waiting list to make accommodations to attend the event. To cancel your registration please call 828-733-2013 Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. We ask that individuals who are feeling ill stay home to ensure the health and safety of other participants and Grandfather Mountain staff. Refunds will be granted to these individuals.

About Grandfather Mountain Educator Workshops
Grandfather Mountain’s Educator Workshop series invites educators to take advantage of the mountain’s classroom in the clouds. This is an opportunity to learn and have fun, while earning certification as an environmental educator in North Carolina. These programs offer credits with Criteria I, II and III programs. All workshops take place at Grandfather Mountain and may include some walking, so participants are encouraged to bring appropriate footwear and be prepared for inclement weather. Learn more about 2022’s lineup.


June 17th, 2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain
2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Grandfather Mountain | Home to the Swinging Bridge, Animal Habitats and Nature Museum

GPS: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
Mailing: PO Box 129, Linville, NC 28646

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