Get hands-on in the outdoors and start exploring nature. The Lakes offer many scheduled nature programs throughout the year. Check out the schedule below or the Calender & Events page for upcoming programs:
- July 21, ECO Bus Program - Creepy Crawlies. 6:30 pm at Lake Brandt. $2/person or $5/family. All ages.
- August 7, Preschool Nature Program - Ducks. 10 am at Lake Higgins. $2/child.
- August 11, Youth Adventure Day Trip - Linville Falls. 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Meet at Lake Higgins. $40/student. Ages 9-12.
- August 16, Family Nature Program - Map & Compass. 11 am at Lake Higgins. $2/person or $5/family. All ages.
- August 22, ECO Bus Program - Creatures of the Night. 8 pm at Lake Brandt. $2/person or $5/family. All ages.
For questions or to register, call the lake where the program is being held:
Lake Brandt: 336-373-3741
Lake Higgins: 336-373-3739
Custom Programs and Field Trips
Let our experienced Outdoor Adventure and Education staff customize a program or field trip at a Lake. Our staff can work with any group - school group, birthday party, church, scouts, pre-K children to adults.
Possible program topics:
- Plant and tree ID interpretive hike
- Animals of the Piedmont
- Fishing (pond and classroom)
- Folklore and tracking
- Rocks, soils, fossils, and minerals
- Lake ecology
- Hydrologic cycle
- Paddling (ages 13+)
- Archery (ages 9+)
Don't see your topic or area of study above? Contact us and we can work with you to design a program that fits your group's needs and interests. E-mail or call Lake Higgins at 336-373-3739 for more information.
Discovery Programs at Your Place
Can't come to the Lakes for a program? Let our environmental educators come to you. Educators present fun engaging presentations, sometimes with live creatures, nature artifacts, and hands-on activities, to help students discover a new perspective on the environment around them.
- Water cycle
Programs can be linked to NC Essential Core Science Curriculum. We can also customize a program to meet your needs. Most Discovery Programs can be adapted for preschool through high school. Contact us to discuss developing the right Discovery Program for your group. E-mail or call Lake Higgins at 336-373-3739 for more information.
ECO Bus Programs at Your Place
The ECO Bus's mission is to engage the community with the outdoors. The ECO Bus can roll right to you to deliver a variety of hands-on, environmental programs to suit your needs. Programming can include "on" and "off" bus activities. The ECO Bus carries interactive displays about the North Carolina ecosystems, including live plants and animals and why it is important to care for the environment. Depending on the venue and group, the presentation can aid in meeting NC Essential Core Science Standards.
E-mail the ECO Bus Educator or call 336-373-7620 for more information and pricing.