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Our educational videos

We have recently started a video series where we visit various state parks. Each video showcases what each park offers and has an educational theme to each park. Check out the videos below and feel free to incorporate them in to your lesson plans whether you are having in-person instruction or virtual. We are updating the content weekly so be sure to cjheck back often for the latest!

Jockey’s Ridge is one of the most visited state parks in North Carolina. It is considered the largest active, living sand dune on the east coast. Outdoor Heritage joined Park Superintendent Joy Greenwood and Park Ranger Austin Paul for an exclusive tour of the park.

How to check, maintain and replace wood duck boxes. Migratory Game Bird Coordinator Doug Howell with N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission shows us some of the wood duck boxes he maintains in Perquimans County.

We were able to go visit Stone Mountain State Park. Park Superintendent Jeffrey Jones tells us all about the park and some of the neat things you can do there. It is one of our state’s largest State Parks, and has deep history and interesting science. 

North Carolina State Parks Interpretation and Education Specialist, Randy Bechtel explains onion weathering and some of the minerals you can find at Stone Mountain State Park.

We followed Michael and Cody Fulk on a dove hunt in Gold Hill, NC with their 2 year old son Boone. We learned why conservation is important and even how to clean a dove.

We recently visited Merchants Millpond State Park! We learned so much while we were there that we broke it up into several videos. In the below video we introduce you to some of the park rangers and show you what a park ranger does. Do you like being outside? Then you might enjoy being a park ranger!

Next, Park Ranger Emily Bunyea teaches us all about the nocturnal animals that live in Merchants Millpond State park. Nocturnal animals sleep during the day and are awake at night. Do you know of any nocturnal animals? 

In this video Park Ranger Emily Bunyea teaches us all about Chiroptera, also known as Bats! This time of year we tend to see lots of bats as decorations, but bats are around us all year long. 

In this video we take you out to Merchants Millpond State Park where Park Ranger Emily Bunyea teaches us all about the Box Turtle Connection.

We went out to Dismal Swamp State Park to show you some of the fun things available there. It’s such a unique park and a great place to take the family. Did you know that NASA came and studied their water because it was so clean? Watch Park Superintendent Adam and Ranger Katie share some of their favorite parts of the park!

Join Ranger Clay on the water for a boat tour of Lake James. The beautiful, clear waters of the 6,812-acre lake offers boating, swimming and fishing. Lake James has boat-in campgrounds on the Long Arm Peninsula for a true outdoor adventure for those willing to paddle or steer to their own slice of heaven. Lake James also has 2 boat ramps and canoe, kayak and paddle board rentals are available during certain seasons.

Day hikes are a great way to trek through nature and find favorite places you haven’t seen yet! Lake James State Park Ranger Brian offers tips on what you need to do to be comfortable and prepared for hiking there or anywhere. 

We went to Jockey’s Ridge State Park and met up with Ranger Austin Paul. He gives us an entry level lesson on how to identify birds of prey. Also known as Raptors.

If you want to catch more river trout, find out what they eat! In this video, Stone Mountain State Park Ranger, Michael Wood tells us how you can find macroinvertebrates and what type of macroinvertebrates river trout are eating.

The 2nd largest tree in North Carolina is in Merchants Millpond State Park. It’s between 700 and 1,400 years old! Park Ranger Jeffrey Turner takes us right next to it and teaches us about this incredible bald cypress tree.

Do you know what a prescribed fire is or why we do them? In this video Merchants Millpond Park Superintendent Steve Rogers and Park Ranger Jeffrey Turner teach us all about prescribed burns and how they manage wild fires. Park rangers have many jobs and soemtimes that includes fighting fires. 

Park Ranger Emily Bunyea teaches us all about the different species of owls that live in Merchants Millpond State park. This is the first of many nocturnal animals that Ranger Emily teaches us about. 

Park Ranger Jeffrey Turner teaches us about Dendrology and some of the different tree species that live in Merchants Millpond State park. Dendrology is the study of trees. How many trees can you name? 

Ranger Katie Sanford at Dismal Swamp State Park teaches us how to identify animals by the clues they leave behind. 

We were able to visit Cliffs of the Neuse State Park recently to see what it’s all about. Did you know the land park is on used to be a meeting ground for Native Americans in various tribes in the area? This park is packed with history and is a great place to take your family or a school field trip. Park Superintendent Eric Siratt and  Park Ranger Autumn Hamm, take us on a journey through Cliffs of the Neuse State Park! 

Virtual Tours & Virtual Learning

We have found that there are several free resources that encourage kids to go outside during this unprecedented time. Below are a few of the resources we think would be helpful as you an educator, that you can use in your in-person or virtual learning. 

  • The NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources has an amazing resource for at-home learning, click here to visit their site. They have virtual tours from some amazing places across the state, distance learning lessons, blog posts and YouTube channels all right at this one page. 
  • You can explore Wilmington, the battleship and local beaches through this cool website! This lets you explore the Wilmington area from the sky or the ground, click here to check it out. 
  • You can tour NC Historic Sites from home with their new web page, click here to start your tours. 
  • Explore Asheville partnered with Google to create some amazing virtual tours! They went hiking and were able to capture more than 20 iconic hikes and destinations. Check out their tours and how they created it all by clicking here.

Our Go grants

We know that Covid-19 has changed what school will look like. But we still want to help you get your students outdoors. Since the start of the pandemic, kids have spent more time indoors and experienced increased screen time, so now more than ever we need to encourage outdoor learning. We are still here to fund your off-campus educational field trips, additionally we have expanded opportunities for on campus outdoor learning knowing that leaving campus may be limited.
Build an on-campus learning center
  • Whether you want to build an outdoor classroom, a greenhouse or a new pollinator garden we can provide up to $15,000 to help build that new outdoor learning space.
Have a field trip come to you
  • Many facilities will bring their field trips to your school, for example the NC Zoo has the Zoo to You EDventures program. We will fund up to $5,000 to help bring field trips to your students on-campus.

Hunter Education Course Voucher Program

It is important to be prepared before going out to hunt and to know all the safety protocols and laws in North Carolina. Because of its importance, from now until December 1st we are offering vouchers to youth 16 and under to complete an online Hunter Education Course for FREE. Due to COVID-19 many of the free options for hunter safety courses are not being offered. If you would like to have your kids in your class take the hunter safety course online or if a club you sponsor at your school is interested, click on the button below to find out more about our program and how you can get the vouchers for your students! 



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