New NC Fall Field Trip Ideas

Jerry Blackwelder

350th Anniversary Celebrations Planned For the Albemarle Region

It was in the northeastern corner of North Carolina that European settlers first set foot in the New World. In 1668, the first four counties in North Carolina were established. They were known as Currituck, Chowan, Perquimans and Pasquotank. The original four counties were subdivided as the population grew and spread.  

The 350th anniversary of the region in 2018 will see events and museum emphasis in each of
the counties.  The Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City is also celebrating a significant
milestone, its 50th anniversary. The Museum will be a focal point of the celebrations. 

For more information contact the Museum of the Albemarle at or call (252) 335-1453.

American Museum of the House Cat Now Open in Sylva, NC

Cats are among America’s favorite and most beloved pets. To give your students an introduction to the history of the felines, schedule a field trip visit to the American Museum of the House Cat
in Sylva. 

For more than three decades Dr. Harold Sims, the self-described “Catman”, has been collecting “all things related to the House Cat.” Your students will see a cat amulet made in 1000 BC and a petrified cat from 16th century England. There are cat toys from the 1800s, a handmade
cat carousel and cat clocks. Also on display are photos of famous people and their beloved cats.

For more information visit or call (828) 293-0892.

Discover Kidzone and Other Programs This Fall at the NC Zoo in Asheboro

Kidzone is a special place for children two to ten years old to explore and play in a natural environment at the North Carolina Zoo.  It is a place for families to reconnect with nature to get kids outside and to help make nature a part of their lives!  

Explore the Woods, a great spot for building forts where no directions are required! Visit the Wildlife Pond or Butterfly Garden where you can investigate the life cycle of frogs, butterflies and all the wildlife that calls Kidzone home.  Find out what it is like to be a zoo vet, keeper, or one of their animals at the Playhouse, explore the trees on our Tree Top Trail, cook up all sorts of delectable dirty dishes at the Mud Café, and meet one of our animal ambassadors during our scheduled animal encounters.  

More information about the hiking trail and all the attractions at the North
Carolina Zoo are available on the Zoo’s website at or by calling (800) 488-0444.

Nantahala Zip Line Adventure Park Opens In Bryson City

The first totally net-based aerial playground in the county has opened in Bryson City. Your students will be suspended 10-20 feet high with views of the Nantahala River. They can explore, climb, slide and navigate through tunnels, open space, chutes and pathways. 

Their goal is to reach the upper “crow’s nest” overlooking the scenic river. 

The Nantahala Outdoor Center is the largest outdoor recreation company in the US, with more than a million visitors annually.  

For more information or to schedule your field trip visit or call
(888) 354-6340. 


Cherokee Opens 10.5 Mile Trail System

The Fire Mountain Trails are Cherokee’s newest source for big adventure. The network of trails, designed for running, hiking or biking, is more than 10.5 miles in total length. 

The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians invested $356,000 into the project, which is the first of larger plans with more trailheads.

The trailhead is situated near the Oconaluftee Indian Village and weaves through the nearby Great Smoky Mountains for views and terrain that will take your breath away.

For more information visit or call (800) 438-1601.




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