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.

2017 School Year Rates

Length Students Adults
3 day program $222 $111
4 day program $270 $135
5 day program $314 $157

2017 Available Dates
(We can serve up to 120 participants each week. Most groups book Tuesday- Friday)

Dates Available Schools Confirmed Notes
May 8-12 Casa Esperanza Montessori/Montessori School of Anderson
May 15-19 The Summit School/Five Oaks Academy
May 22-26 Emerson Waldorf School/Buist Academy/Rainbow Community School
May 29 – August 25 Summer Camp
August 28 – September 1 Open
September 5 – September 8 The Lexington School/ Our Lady of Grace School
September 11 – 13 St. Pious X Catholic School
September 13 – 15 Open
September 18 – 22 Trinity Episcopal School
September 25 – 29 Ashley Hall/Trident Academy
*October 2-6 Open
*October 2-6 is only available if previous weeks are booked
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 Anne for more information.