J. Bayard Clark Park & Nature Center

Located along the Cape Fear River Trail, the scenic woodlands at J. Bayard Clark Park & Nature Center provide opportunities for groups to enjoy outdoor education, camping, hiking, and other recreational activities. In the nature center, groups can view displays and live animals, which will introduce groups to the wildlife that reside in Clark Park. In addition to the nature center, Clark Park’s 76 acres feature three trails for hiking and biking, one of the Coastal Plain’s largest waterfalls, a playground, primitive campsite, and more. A variety of environmental studies programs are available by appointment for students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers of all ages.

contact info

Hrs: Vary by season.

School

Elementary and middle school students will have the chance to investigate the waters of Fayetteville, NC through a variety of nature programs. Activities include a hydrosphere lesson from Fayetteville’s storm water educator and testing the water quality at Lake Rim Park. Younger learners will love exploring with the nature center’s Growing Up Wild program, which encourages preschoolers to ponder about the natural world through activities such as fun crafts. A nature hike can be added to your field trip experience. Bring bagged lunches for a school group picnic on the tables outside the nature center. Programs meet North Carolina’s Essential Standards for Science, while preschool programs align with Head Start Domains and NAEYC Accreditation Criteria. Field trips for school groups must be booked several weeks ahead of your desired visit.

supports classroom learning in:
Environmental Studies.

topics covered:
Living environment, ecology, animal science, nature, wetlands, hydrosphere, freshwater, saltwater, habitats, water cycle, flooding, erosion.

contact info
Name: Park Office
Phone: 910-433-1579

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School Group Size: 20 minimum. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Phone. Food Options: Bring Your Own, Outdoor Seating. Cost: Fee, Free

Nature Exploration Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

One single tree can provide the oxygen required for two human beings and over 8,000 sheets of paper. Trees can also clean the soil and air by absorbing harmful pollutants. So what have you done for a tree lately? Nature centers and state parks provide a hands-on environment to discover facts about native plants and animals, as well as ways to preserve these natural resources.

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J. Bayard Clark Park & Nature Center

Located along the Cape Fear River Trail, the scenic woodlands at J. Bayard Clark Park & Nature Center provide opportunities for groups to enjoy outdoor education, camping, hiking, and other recreational activities. In the nature center, groups can view displays and live animals, which will introduce groups to the wildlife that reside in Clark Park. In addition to the nature center, Clark Park’s 76 acres feature three trails for hiking and biking, one of the Coastal Plain’s largest waterfalls, a playground, primitive campsite, and more. A variety of environmental studies programs are available by appointment for students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers of all ages.

contact info

Hrs: Vary by season.

Scouts

Clark Park rangers lead activities at Clark, Lake Rim, and Mazarick parks, which will help scouts with requirements for Forester, Naturalist, and Geologist badges. The park’s campsite is a popular spot for scout groups, as they will have the chance to experience primitive camping with a fire ring, primitive bathrooms, and a cold shower. Small and large camp groups are welcome to take a self-guided tour of the nature center and work toward Hiking badges on the trail at their leisure. Rangers are available to lead customized programs for multiple troops.

supports scout badges in:
Science, Environmental Science.

topics covered:
Nature, hiking, camping, ecology, animal science, geology.

contact info
Name: Park Office
Phone: 910-433-1579

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School Group Size: 20 minimum. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Phone. Food Options: Bring Your Own, Outdoor Seating. Cost: Fee, Free

Nature Exploration Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

One single tree can provide the oxygen required for two human beings and over 8,000 sheets of paper. Trees can also clean the soil and air by absorbing harmful pollutants. So what have you done for a tree lately? Nature centers and state parks provide a hands-on environment to discover facts about native plants and animals, as well as ways to preserve these natural resources.

View Lesson Plan>>

J. Bayard Clark Park & Nature Center

Located along the Cape Fear River Trail, the scenic woodlands at J. Bayard Clark Park & Nature Center provide opportunities for groups to enjoy outdoor education, camping, hiking, and other recreational activities. In the nature center, groups can view displays and live animals, which will introduce groups to the wildlife that reside in Clark Park. In addition to the nature center, Clark Park’s 76 acres feature three trails for hiking and biking, one of the Coastal Plain’s largest waterfalls, a playground, primitive campsite, and more. A variety of environmental studies programs are available by appointment for students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers of all ages.

contact info

Hrs: Vary by season.

Homeschool

Elementary and intermediate level homeschoolers will have the chance to investigate the waters of Fayetteville, NC with a hydrosphere lesson from Fayetteville’s storm water educator and water quality testing at Lake Rim Park. Younger homeschool groups will be encouraged to ponder about the natural world through activities such as fun crafts. A nature hike can be added to school program offerings. An Archery Class is offered to homeschoolers at the nature center as well, which teaches the basics of the sport using compound bows. Inquire about customized history and science programs. Pack bagged lunches for your homeschoolers to enjoy a group picnic on the tables outside the nature center.

topics covered:
Environmental studies, ecology, animal science, nature, wetlands, hydrosphere, freshwater, saltwater, habitats, water cycle, flooding, erosion.

contact info
Name: Park Office
Phone: 910-433-1579

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School Group Size: 20 minimum. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Phone. Food Options: Bring Your Own, Outdoor Seating. Cost: Fee, Free

Nature Exploration Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

One single tree can provide the oxygen required for two human beings and over 8,000 sheets of paper. Trees can also clean the soil and air by absorbing harmful pollutants. So what have you done for a tree lately? Nature centers and state parks provide a hands-on environment to discover facts about native plants and animals, as well as ways to preserve these natural resources.

View Lesson Plan>>

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