Outdoor Education Programs

Small Groups | Families | Home Schooling

MAKE LEARNING

Take a vacation from virtual education

Immersive, hands-on learning, designed for small groups 

Bring your enthusiasm for learning and your need to get away from it all, and we’ll do the rest – even the cooking. Learn from professional outdoor educators while you play on our 76-acre mountaintop classroom. 

Is this a field trip, or a vacation? (Answer: Both!)

Choose One of the Following Programs

Science: Earth Explorers Program

Discover how the elements, plants, and animals work together to shape our world. Students explore earth science in real time and discover a diverse range of natural environments in our immersive outdoor classroom.

History: Explore Appalachia

Explore the history of the Blue Ridge mountains through the story of the native people and immigrant settlers – the challenges they faced and the events that shaped their lives.

Curriculum

Hands-on programs adhere to state education standards.

Curriculum

Historical immersion, grades 2-6 and environmental science, grades 3-6
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Mountain Time

Escape from ordinary.

Mountain Time

Enjoy a 3 day, 2 night stay on our mountaintop campus.
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Lodging

Comfortable + private lodge rooms sleep up to 6 people.

Lodging

Queen bed downstairs and twins in the cozy loft.
Rates

Meals

Let our chef do the cooking! All meals included.

Meals

Day 1 lunch through day 3 breakfast.

Small Groups

We have redesigned our programs to create an intimate, but socially-distant learning experience.

Small Groups

We have redesigned our programs to create an intimate, but socially-distant learning experience.
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Private Programs

Exclusive use options for groups that are schooling together.

Private Programs

We'll set up your private learning vacation. Email or call (828) 862-4207
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FAQs

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Stay Connected

WiFi at the lodge allows you to stay connected to school and work while you enjoy the views.

Stay Connected

WiFi at the lodge allows you to stay connected to school and work while you enjoy the views.

Hands-on/ Immersive Outdoor Education - Fall 2020

Base room rate: $398 includes a room at Earthshine Lodge for 2 nights, meals for up to 2 adults (6 meals per person), linens, towels, and cleaning fee.

Depending on your desired dates, choose from one of two educational tracks – Explore Appalachia or Earth Explorers Program (drop down box on booking page).

Outdoor education rates: Students participating in Explore Appalachia or Earth Explorer programs are $199 each, which includes all educational programming and meals. See FAQs for ages and program information.

**Programs need at least 8 students enrolled in order to run as scheduled so invite your friends and fellow virtual schoolers!**

If your homeschooling group, virtual education pod, or friends and neighbors would like to reserve an exclusive program, please call 828-862-4207.

Take your kids on a field trip far from virtual

Starting September 14th, 2020. Reserve now or call to book an exclusive use program for your virtual/homeschooling pod.

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