Shortleaf Pine illustration with NCFS Shield Holmes Educational State Forest

Shortleaf Pine illustration with NCFS Shield Holmes Educational State Forest

Educational Offerings At Holmes Educational State Forest


Educational Display Holmes Educational State Forest

Spring 2019 Programs

Call 828-692-0100 or email to reserve your spot! You MUST SIGN UP for these programs to participate. Category II, III NC EE certification and CEU credit available upon request. Signups accepted 30 days in advance!

  • March 15th, 2-4 PM at Holmes: Winter Tree ID Hike
    You are invited to join NC Forest Rangers at Holmes Educational State Forest for a two-hour winter tree identification stroll. Participants will discover how to identify ten trees by observing helpful features and characteristics including twigs, bark and branching patterns. Please dress appropriately for the weather, we will walk approximately 1.5 miles.
  • March 23rd, 10am-12 at Holmes: Forest Wildflower Hike
    Join NC Forest Rangers for a moderate, ¾ mile hike to observe and identify early spring wildflowers. Hiking through this diverse forest ecosystem we are likely to see plenty of Oconee Bells, Trout Lilies, Bloodroot and more! The program is limited to 20 people but if there is enough interest another hike may be offered. We will meet near the main kiosk in the parking lot at 10am. We recommend bringing comfortable shoes, a water bottle, a camera, and a wildflower field guide if you have one.
  • April 13th, 10am-12 @ Holmes: Forest Wildflower Hike
    Join NC Forest Rangers for a moderate, ¾ mile hike to observe and identify early spring wildflowers. Hiking through this diverse forest ecosystem we are likely to see plenty of Oconee Bells, Trout Lilies, Bloodroot and more! The program is limited to 20 people but if there is enough interest another hike may be offered. We will meet near the main kiosk in the parking lot at 10am. We recommend bringing comfortable shoes, a water bottle, a camera, and a wildflower field guide if you have one.
  • April 20th, 10am-12 @ Holmes: Forest Wildflower Hike
    Join NC Forest Rangers for an moderate, ¾ mile hike to observe and identify early spring wildflowers. Hiking through this diverse forest ecosystem we are likely to see plenty of Violets, Trout Lilies, Trillium and more! The program is limited to 20 people but if there is enough interest another hike may be offered. We will meet near the main kiosk in the parking lot at 10am. We recommend bringing comfortable shoes, a water bottle, a camera, and a wildflower field guide if you have one.
  • May 11th, 10am-12 @ Holmes: Forest Wildflower Hike
    Join NC Forest Rangers for an moderate, ¾ mile hike to observe and identify early spring wildflowers. Hiking through this diverse forest ecosystem we are likely to see plenty of Trillium, Flame Azalea, Spice Bush and more! The program is limited to 20 people but if there is enough interest another hike may be offered. We will meet near the main kiosk in the parking lot at 10am. We recommend bringing comfortable shoes, a water bottle, a camera, and a wildflower field guide if you have one.

There is much more at Holmes Educational State Forest to explore on your own time! We offer hiking trails, picnic areas, and a variety of educational exhibits.