School Programs At Holmes Educational State Forest
School Programs at HESF
Inclement Weather Policy
We still conduct classes when it's raining, but if there are thunderstorms classes may be cancelled due to the safety of all participants and scheduled for a later date. Please note: If it's raining during your visit, programs may be adjusted and conducted in the covered shelter (which seats up to 60 people).
Programs are conducted outdoors, each lasting approximately 30 minutes unless otherwise stated. Teachers or group leaders choose from a selection of program topics that cover all aspects of the forest environment including soil, life cycles, water, wildlife, and forest management. Our classes are designed to help students understand that forests are complex ecosystems that can be managed for many uses. These classes cover topics such as how to tell the age of a tree, how forests influence wildlife and how important North Carolina's forest resources are to the state's citizens. Please click on the link below to learn more about what classes are available and how to organize a school program.
There is much more at Holmes Educational State Forest to explore with your students! We also offer Envirothon training, Career Days, School Science Nights, 4-H, Boy Scout merit badge, and Girl Scout badges.
- HESF Educational/Informational Videos
- "Springtime Observations at Holmes Educational State Forest"
- Tree Growth Rings: Discover what tree grow rings are and how they can be used to determine a tree’s age and growing pattern in this twenty minute video
- Forest Soils Investigation: Explore the components which make up the soil profile, and the interrelationships between elements in the forest environment
- Project Learning Tree
- Project Learning Tree North Carolina
- Project Learning Tree’s Tree Trunks
Use this unique resource to help students learn more about our forest environment. PLT Tree Trunks allow students to gain practical experience using forestry tools to complete different activities. Trunks include a resource guide, measuring tapes, binoculars, a clinometer, an increment borer, Biltmore sticks and more. Trunks can be checked out and used while visiting the forest or back in your classroom. Use of the trunk is free of charge. Call the office or email us for more information.