When March 17 2018
Location 3420 Playmore Beach Rd., Lenoir, NC
Admission free
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Contact Tuttle Educational State Forest
Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in beautiful Caldwell County, Tuttle boasts a wide variety of pines and hardwoods plus rolling terrain and clear streams. These features are accessible by a series of well-marked trails accented by exhibits and displays which explain the ecology of the managed forest. Tuttle is open to the public and all programs are free of charge, mid March through mid November.

Open picnic sites with tables and grills are available at the forest, as well as a spacious shelter complete with a massive stone fire place and plenty of seating.

The Tuttle Forest Foundation is a 501(c) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and improving Tuttle Educational State Forest. For information about donating to the foundation, please contact the forest staff at 828-757-5608 or tuttleESF.ncfs@ncagr.gov

North Carolina's system of Educational State Forests has been developed for use as a living outdoor class room.

Their purpose is to teach children and adults about the complex, interdependent ecosystems that make up a forest and which can be managed for a multitude of uses.

Ranger conducted classes are available to groups of ten or more visiting the Forest. These classes have been designed to meet various science and social studies curriculum guidelines.

Special study sites are available to assist teachers or other group leaders in using the Forest as an outdoor classroom. Each forest features self-guided trails that include exhibits, tree identification signs, a forest education center and a talking tree trail. Specially trained rangers are available to conduct classes for school and other youth groups. Teachers or group leaders choose from a selection of 30-minute programs that cover all aspects of the forest environment - from soil,
water and wildlife to timber and forest management.

North Carolina's Educational State Forests offer a variety of classes compatible with teaching objectives listed in the N.C. Department of Education science curriculum.