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Environmental Education

The OEC has access to some of the most beautiful and unique wilderness spots in the region. This pristine and fragile environment demands constant care and attention. We are committed to aiding participants in understanding their relationship to both the natural world and the human environment within it.

FLOC offers an array of activities and lessons that engage students in exploring our 350+ acres in our beautiful forest near the Appalachian Trail Designed to take advantage of the various unique attributes, our curriculum includes 5 separate streams, lakes and ponds, an old log cabin, a gorgeous view at crescent rock, woodland shelters, and a cookout over an open fire, just to name a few!

We supply the resources your students will need to investigate, explore, and develop a sense of wonder. The lesson plans and materials will help teachers navigate through Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

In addition to lessons and resources available to teachers, we employ environmentalist to further explore the trees, animals, soil and water.

FLOC Outdoor Education Centers Curriculum

Wetland Ecology

This hands-on unit will leave students with a sense of appreciation for the delicate balance of wetland environments. An OEC environmentalist will lead your group to a nearby water source, where your students will have the opportunity to test water quality and health of the overall ecosystem by evaluating characteristics such as biodiversity, pH and dissolved oxygen levels.

Using our mobile Stream Table, we will get a hands-on look at the effects of human development, erosion, and common issues related to watersheds.

The OEC has a wide array of lesson plans that teachers can utilize to discuss such issues as the riparian area, life cycle of animals found in the water and the importance that the fragile ecosystems play in our environment.

We are consistently updating and creating new lesson plans to meet the needs of our schools and meet the state curriculum.

Wildlife & Forest Ecology

Plant ID

The OEC has an abundance of plants to identify. As students walk through miles of trails, they ID plants along the way. In addition, we have many hands on activities, such as plant dramas, plant ID trail, and the unnatural trail to teach students the dangers of human waste and the impacts it has on the natural environment.

Forest Ecosystem

The OEC and the rolling ridge foundation land is a dying forest. This means that not enough sun light is getting through the thick trees, to provide the necessary plant life to make the forest thrive. This opens up opportunities to teach students how to revitalize a forest, through a select cut. In addition, students test soil, help plot land for potential plant growth, and learn about the forest and the importance of these trees to the animals that call it shelter and humans that need to breathe.

Wildlife Ecology

The unit will introduce students to the diversity of animals and insects that are native to our local environment through hands-on activities and hikes throughout the OEC property. This is a fun, unique and creative curriculum that focuses on habitat identification, animal tracking, and even scat classification.

Animal Adaptation

This hands on unit teaches students the importance of the life cycle through a game called predator and prey. Students will also learn about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores, and how each play a vital role in keeping animal population controlled so that more wildlife can thrive. Students get to identify animal skulls, foot prints and learn about natural habitat for native animals at the OEC.

Honey Bee Exploration (In development and opening Spring of 2017)

Thanks in large part to a grant received through The Whole Kids Foundation, we have started offering an opportunity to explore Honey Bees through an observational hive. This unit allows students to see the inner workings of a bee hive. They learn the importance of bees to our ecosystem and how we can protect these vulnerable and valuable species.


Students get the chance to make their own survival kit, learn how to make primitive fires, and make shelters using fallen branches. These activities help understand how humans use to live off the land and help students understand how they are capable of surviving like their ancestors.

Alternative Energy

Alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power are becoming more popular and common. This class will provide a basic understanding of renewable and alternative energy sources. With the combination of our solar hot shower, solar panel stations, human powered generators, and even composting toilets, your students are sure to learn something new!

Additional Information

Please download our brochure or booklet explaining in more detail our Environmental Education unit.

If you would like to discuss the curriculum, arrange a meeting, a presentation or to discuss fundraising ideas for your students please contact David Hartness at

If you do not see a program like one you have in mind, please let us know. We have an array of prepared educational programs and can tailor them to your group’s needs. Please contact us today to find out how.