Environmental Exploration Day

Are you a high school sophomore or junior interested in the environment? If so, join us for this exciting 1-day event and discover how our majors in the College of Natural Resources (CNR) address environmental challenges using science, technology, and engineering.

A group of CNR Ambassadors explore the forest.

What happens at Environmental Exploration Day?

  • Engage in hands-on activities directly related to CNR majors*
  • Attend a CNR Majors Fair to explore environmentally-focused career paths
  • Meet, interact, and have lunch with current students
  • Learn about the admissions process and requirements
  • Sit on panels about Preparing for College and Writing a Great Application

*Each student will have the opportunity to do two hands-on activities. Activities from previous years include:

HAZMAT Relay: Sample Collection, Containment, and Decontamination
Wildlife Sampling Methods
Modeling Tree Growth in our Forests
Environmental and Community Stakeholders Simulation
Product Redesign Using Sustainable Materials

What environmental majors are involved?

Majors we will be exploring include Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology; Forest Management; Natural Resources-Ecosystem Assessment; Natural Resources-Policy and Administration; Environmental Technology and Management; Sustainable Materials and Technology; Paper Science & Engineering; and Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management.

To give you an idea of where these majors can lead, below are just a few of the careers our graduates have pursued:

  • Environmental Consultant and Lawyer
  • Ecosystem Restoration Manager
  • Naturalist and Park Ranger
  • Engineer
  • Game Warden
  • Doctor and Veterinarian
  • Tree Geneticist
  • Registered Forester
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Sales and Marketing Executive for the Sustainable Materials Industry

Environmental Majors Lead to Environmental Careers.

Event Details

How do I apply?

Students can apply here through March 17. Students will be notified within one week of their acceptance. Accepted students are not confirmed until they pay the $20 registration fee or make other arrangements.

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The event will be held on March 24, 2018.


The program will begin and conclude in the Jordan Hall Addition located at 2720 Faucette Drive on the NC State campus. Final directions and a schedule of events will be sent upon acceptance into the program.

Who is eligible to apply?

High school juniors and sophomores with a minimum weighted grade point average and accepted seniors who are considering changing majors or are unsure about their major are encouraged to apply.

  • 10th graders – 3.6 weighted GPA
  • 11th graders – 3.8 weighted GPA

How much does it cost?

The cost to attend this event is $20 per person which includes lunch and program materials. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for this program. Please contact Tiffany Mclean at tiffany_mclean@ncsu.edu for additional information.

What about my chaperone?

The focus of this event is on the students, but optional informational and Q & A panels will be available for interested parents and chaperones. If your chaperone is not interested in attending these optional events, we recommend visitraleigh.com for more information on how to make their Raleigh visit fun! On campus dining options for chaperones can be found at http://dining.ncsu.edu/locations/. The food court at the Talley Student Union is a popular choice of students and guests!


For questions regarding this program, contact Chad Kibbe at  cnrambassadors@ncsu.edu or call Tiffany McLean at 919-515-6191.

This event is sponsored by the NC State Natural Resources Foundation.