School of Environmental Education (SEE)


Green River Preserve’s School of Environmental Education (SEE), offers 3 to 5-day residential outdoor education programs for both public and private schools. Our curriculum is designed for rising 5th grade through middle school and is easily adaptable for older students. Participants spend their days exploring the preserve’s waterfalls, caves, and mountain overlooks in small field groups of 10-12 students. SEE programs are available in the fall and spring. We can serve up to 120 participants each week.

2018 School Year Rates

Length Students Adults
3 day program $225 $112
4 day program $275 $138
5 day program $315 $158

2018 Available Dates

Dates Available Schools Confirmed
April 30-May 2 Emerson Waldorf/ Montessori School of Anderson/ Casa Esperanza/ Rainbow Mountain School
May 9-11 Porter Gaud/ Christ Church Episcopal School
May 14-18 Summit School/ Spartanburg Day School
May 16-18 Five Oaks Academy
May 21-23 Buist Academy/ Montessori Elementary School of Asheville/Davidson Green School
August 27 – August 31 Open
September 4 – 7 The Lexington School/Our Lady of Grace/The Cooper School
September 10 – 14 Camperdown Academy/ St. Pius X
September 18 – 21 Trident Academy/ Trinity Episcopal School
September 24 – 27 Hickory Day School/ Ashley Hall
October 1-5 East Cooper Montessori Charter School
Feel free to inquire about specific date possibilities. Please call for more information. 828.698.8828

Environmental Education Curriculum

SEE focuses on three basic themes: cultural heritage, ecological respect, and stewardship. We explore these themes through an inquiry-based learning approach. We believe understanding the interconnectedness between humans and nature among these themes brings respect and knowledge for one’s self, each other, and all living things.

SEE offers interdisciplinary courses of study based upon two books. The flagship program stems from, The Education of Little Tree, by Forrest Carter. The other book, The Way, is written by one of our leading mentors, Hawk Hurst. Schools are encouraged to read and study with the books prior to their program, however reading these books are not a requirement. We strive to develop collaborative programs with schools leaders to assure educational standards and objectives are integrated into program design.

During the visit, students and teachers are exposed to a multitude of Southern Blue Ridge Mountains aspects while hiking the preserve with our naturalists in the morning and afternoon. Topics may include but are not limited to the diverse Appalachian ecosystem, primitive arts and crafts, and mountain culture. The integration of the interdisciplinary unit with GRP’s hands-on field trip experience gives students a profound understanding of the three basic themes: cultural heritage, ecological respect, and stewardship.



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Activities might include:

The Classroom

Green River Preserve’s 3400 acres offers the perfect learning, exploration environment for all ages. Rich in ecological and cultural history, the stories from this land will bond you to a larger community of learners, those from centuries past. Participants may spend the day climbing to one of our waterfalls, spelunking in an old Cherokee Indian Cave, discovering rare pitcher plants in a bog, or looking out over the green river valley at one of our bald outlooks.

SEE programs have served schools in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Kentucky.




Field Trip Forms

If you are interested in participating in the School of Environmental Education, please download, read, and fill out the following forms:

Please contact Catherine for more information.


From I-26, take Exit 40 for the Asheville Regional Airport. Head west towards Brevard, NC, on NC-280 W. Go approximately 15.3 miles.
At the Wal-Mart intersection, turn left onto US-64 E (Hendersonville Hwy.)
Go 3.7 miles to Crab Creek Road. There is a Marathon gas station/convenience store at this corner.
Turn right onto Crab Creek Road. Drive 4.3 miles to Dupont Road.
Turn right onto Dupont Road (follow signs for Dupont State Forest). Dupont Road becomes Staton Road.
Continue on this road until it dead-ends into Cascade Lake Road.
Turn left onto Cascade Lake Road. Go 2.4 miles
Turn left onto Reasonover Road (right before Cedar Mountain Fire Station).
Go 4 miles. At the end of the pavement, bear right onto Green River Road. Go 1/4 mile on the gravel, then take the second driveway on the left. There will be a sign for GRP that says “Opening and Closing Day Entrance.” (There is a big parking lot to turn the bus around.)