December 17, 2019

Welcome to Ornithology Season!

Calling all ecoEXPLORERS: December through February is Ornithology Season for ecoEXPLORE. Participants earn one bonus point for every bird photo observation they submit to The best photos of bird or other organisms will be added to this iNaturalist project. Help us expand our understanding of biodiversity in North Carolina and beyond!

New to ecoEXPLORE? Residents of North Carolina can register for free at Be sure to check out guided programs near you at one of our regional hubs, North Carolina State Parks, or at our many ecoEXPLORE HotSpots. We are on track to engage students in all 100 North Carolina counties by 2023!

ecoEXPLORE is an initiative of The North Carolina Arboretum, an affiliate of the University of North Carolina System. In addition to serving as the lead organization of ecoEXPLORE, The North Carolina Arboretum is the Mountain Regional Hub for ecoEXPLORE. The Greensboro Science Center serves as the Northern Piedmont Regional Hub, and the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education is the Northern Coastal Regional Hub. We are excited to bring the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Prairie Ridge on board as our Central Hub in spring 2020.

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May 24, 2016

Welcome to ecoEXPLORE!

ecoEXPLORE is an initiaitive of The North Carolina Arboretum that enables citizen scientists in grades 3-8 to have their observations of plants and animals submitted to iNaturalist.

Our initiative seeks to engage children in Western North Carolina in experiences that encourage them to become active participants of our citizen science community- and participate in hands-on, real world field experiences. Students earn patches, prizes and free passes to the Arboretum to meet scientists and conduct field work when they submit their observations. Organisms can be viewed at one of twelve "EcoEXPLORE" Hotspots located at each Buncombe County Library branch, at the Arboretum, or even in their own backyard!

Visit to learn more about ecoEXPLORE and to register- then get outside and EXPLORE!

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