The Cradle of Forestry

This North Carolina destination is jointly managed by the US Forest Service and FIND Outdoors. The site is open to visitors everyday from mid-April to early November.

As you enter the main gate (4 miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 412) you are rewarded with the opportunity to explore the past, present, and future of environmental sustainability and stewardship. These are brought to visitors through paved interpretive trails, interactive exhibits, film, music, drama, guided tours, nature programs, craft demonstrations, and special events. A sustainably designed Forest Discovery Center with its gift shop and café welcomes visitors to the historical structures and a relaxing walk through the woods.

Cradle of Forestry House

Citizen Science Saturdays

Mother and Daughter in the Forest

Project Squirrel: Download educational guide about Project Squirrel and squirrel themed info and activity.

World Migratory Bird Day: Download educational guide about World Migratory Bird Day (May 9th, but you can use any day of the year).

Observation Skills: Download an educational guide about practicing your observation skills to become a better Citizen Scientist! There are fun activities and recommended CS projects!

Stay tuned for more citizen science information and educational content!

Field Trips

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.

Kids on a field trip outdoors

Programs & Events

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