“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 education resources.

Teacher Resources

We recognize that field trips enrich the learning experience.  Therefore, the Cradle of Forestry Heritage Site strives to be a top field trip destination for students and teachers in western North Carolina.  Because we are located in an area rich in history and natural diversity, we can offer School Field Trips featuring science, social studies and history. View a complete list of programs and their NC curriculum correlation.

Environmental Education Resources:

The Natural Inquirer – USDA Forest Service

CFAIA partners with the Natural Inquirer Team to provide a myriad of tools.  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. A sister publication to the Natural Inquirer, 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.  They have even included some lesson plans.


Would you like to encourage your students to start thinking about their future career?  Natural Inquirer scientist cards help student see themselves as scientists.  They feature USDA Forest Service scientists ranging from hydrologists and foresters, to wildlife biologists and more.  Order a set for your classroom here!




Environmental Education Workshops

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.