School Groups at Grandfather Mountain

School Groups

Grandfather’s outdoor wonders provide real-world lessons to children and youth about concepts learned in a classroom. We offer citizen science experiences beyond what students find on Google – either during field trips to the mountain or mobile programs brought to your classroom.

  • One hour programs tailored to state curriculum standards for your grade level.
  • Shuttles available to Swinging Bridge upon request at time of booking. 
  • If all or part of your program is not able to be held inside during inclement weather, we can offer a different program to better suit the weather.
  • Habitat Tours are offered for all ages and are tailored to be grade-level appropriate.
  • Read much more at: Planning a Group Visit
Field Trips Grandfather Mountain

Field Trip Programs

Classroom in the Clouds science teaching on Grandfather. See options.

Outreach Schools

Mobile Outreach Programs

Hands-on learning experiences brought to your classroom. Read more.

Field Trip Scholarship

Benefits school groups in need of financial assistance. Read more.

Special Programs for Local Schools

Wild Watch: This program began in 2020 to engage every first-grader in Avery County throughout the academic year with hands-on, experiential learning, including in-class visits from Grandfather Mountain educators and in-park field trips for the students. Read more.

Eco Watch: This educational outreach program puts one of the mountain’s educators in the classroom of fifth graders in Avery County and brings the kids to the mountain itself for a unique, hands-on educational experience.

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

Owned & operated by Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation.
Go here for Grandfather Mountain State Park information.
Member of Southern Highlands Attractions