Teacher Resources, News, & Publications

“In wildness is the preservation of the world”  

– Thoreau

In order to provide the public with the most effective tools possible for getting our younger generation outside and enjoying nature, the CFAIA offers you the following environmental education resources in order to help you in the journey to becoming an environmental education force. Workshops, public programs, environmental education certification through the state of NC, lesson plans and much more await you and your class or family!

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Environmental Education Resources:

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The Natural Inquirer – USDA Forest Service

The Natural Inquirer is a middle school science education journal created to allow scientists the opportunity to share their research with students around the country. Each article explains the current scientific research conducted by scientists in the USDA Forest Service which may include information on trees, wildlife, insects, outdoor activities, water and anything pertaining to the health of our planet. Check out the website and order your free journal for your class!

The Investi-gator is a free science journal for upper elementary level students. This journal is created in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and the Cradle of Forestry Interpretive Association. The journal focuses on contemporary, Forest Service research and is written in the format of a scientific article.


The NC Office of Environmental Education offers workshops for teachers, parents, and anyone interested in teaching their school groups or children about the great outdoors. In most cases, the workshops are free and travel to different regions to accommodate as many people as possible. You may wish to use these workshops in conjunction with the NC Environmental Education Certification program, which allows the public the opportunity to gain a higher level of experience in teaching the curriculum. Click HERE to learn more.

Nature-Oriented Parenting Newsletter

The CFAIA provides the public with a quarterly newsletter intended to help families and teachers in getting their children outdoors and learning a little something about the natural world. Articles, suggestions on day-to-day healthy decisions, indoor and outdoor activities for families and much more are only a click away. Follow this link to download past issues and get outside!

Environmental Education Listserv

The Office of Environmental Education has designed a massive listserv system to help other educators and the general public in advertising or finding education resources, jobs, workshops and so much more. It’s absolutely free and a great way to find what you need to help teach your class or family. To sign up, simply send a note to:

NC-EE@lists.ncmail.net and you’ll be automatically registered.

Books to get you started

Want to get your family or classroom outside and back into nature but not sure where to begin? No problem! Choosing the right trail, identification book or activity guide can be daunting at first, but will ultimately point you in the right direction. Here’s a list of books that are extremely helpful in giving you up-front, general information on educational and recreational opportunities in the great outdoors.

Last Child In The Woods – Richard Louv

Sharing Nature with Children I & II – Joseph Cornell

The Curious Naturalist – National Geographic Society

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America – David Allen Sibley

Birding North Carolina – Falcon Guide

Walking the Blue Ridge – Leonard M. Adkins

55 Favorite Family Hikes – Robert L. Williams

North Carolina Wildlife Viewing Guide – Charles E. Roe

Where Nature Reigns – Jack Horan

Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains And Piedmont – Timothy P. Spira

Trees of the Southeastern United States – Wilbur H. Duncan and Marion B. Duncan

About Amphibians (A Guide for Children) – Cathryn Sill

Discovering Black Bears – Margaret Anderson, Nancy Field & Karen Stephenson

In the Woods: Who’s Been Here? – Lindsay Barrett George