Outdoor Education

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The ECO Bus mission is to engage the community with the outdoors. The bus can roll right to you to deliver a variety of hands-on, environmental programs to suit your needs, which can be "on" or "off" bus activities. The ECO Bus carries interactive displays about the NC 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.


Nature EducationHands in Nature

Get hands-on in the outdoors and start exploring nature. We offer many scheduled nature programs throughout the year. Check out the schedule below or the Calender and Events page for upcoming programs:


Custom 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, scouts, pre-K children to adults.

Possible program topics:
  • Fishing (pond and classroom)
  • Animals of the Piedmont
  • Plant and tree ID interpretive hike
  • 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.


Project Discovery

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.

Program themes:
  • Birds
  • Fish
  • Mammals
  • Reptiles 
  • Amphibians
  • Ecosystems
  • Scat
  • Water cycle 

Programs can be linked to NC Essential Core Science Curriculum and customized to meet your specific needs. Most Discovery Programs can be adapted for preschool through middle 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.