Become a Project EXPLORE Coach

Project EXPLORE (Experiences Promoting Learning Outdoors for Research and Education) is an initiative of The North Carolina Arboretum that helps teachers utilize outdoor spaces at their school to engage pre-kindergarten-12th grade students in curriculum based learning activities. As part of our statewide initiative the Arboretum will be accepting applications for a select number of environmental educators to offer Project EXPLORE programming in their own communities in NC. Project EXPLORE coaches will begin with a five day training, (May 17th-21st, 2020, additional trainings will be held in 2021 and 2022) in western NC. The training will include: an overview of the Project EXPLORE curriculum, professional learning, expertise sharing, and community building. After the training Project EXPLORE coaches will recruit and accept 10 teachers to deliver Project EXPLORE programming with and for during the 2020-2021 school year.


Applications Due January 24, 2020

Open to:
Environmental Educators and non-formal educators in North Carolina

Coaches Commitments: A 2 year commitment to serve 10 teachers in your region


Training and Curriculum

•Dates: May 17-21, 2020 in western NC

•5 days of shared professional learning

•A community of statewide environmental education
leaders willing to share resources and expertise

•Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Training

•Meals and lodging

•Travel Stipend

•All free of charge

Ongoing Support

As you implement Project EXPLORE programming we will offer ongoing support via:

•Regular webinars

•An online community

•Phone Support

•Learning Opportunities




Materials for Teachers

•Mini-grant funds

•data sheets

•field guides

•Class sets of binoculars/hand lenses

Materials for Coaches

•Scheduling templates

•Activity materials

•Project EXPLORE curriculum


Sustainability Support:

•We will provide training and counsel to the coaches to help support the marketing, funding and sustainability of your programming

•We will provide a platform to share your success stories