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Blue Ridge Institute

Last held: July 14-22, 2024

  • Immerse yourself in the wilds of western North Carolina
  • Hike to waterfalls and balds
  • Snorkel a mountain stream
  • Sleep under the stars
  • Learn from scientists and experts

Participating educators will study and experience the wonders of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Join us as we traverse the Blue Ridge Parkway from Cherry Lane to Cherokee, exploring the wonders of this incredibly biodiverse region of North Carolina. Learn from scientists and other experts about the ecology, geology, history, and culture of the Blue Ridge. Connect with nature, gain experience in outdoor leadership, and build camaraderie with other outstanding educators as we camp at multiple sites during our adventure. Discover strategies for bringing the natural history of North Carolina to life in your classroom. During the trip, participants will provide daily updates to students in North Carolina via a blog.

Dates: July 14-22, 2024 (Mandatory pre- and post-trip sessions will be held in Raleigh on March 16 and November 2, 2024.)

Locations: Multiple sites in western North Carolina and Raleigh, NC.

Group Size: Limited to 10 participants.

Activity Level: Moderate to rigorous activity including camping most nights, walking and hiking on uneven terrain (up to 5 miles), and swimming and snorkeling in cold mountain streams.

Cost: $400 (Includes campsites and lodging, most meals, instruction, and supporting materials.) The Museum can lend most camping gear if you do not have your own.

Apply for the 2024 Blue Ridge Institute