Environmental Exploration Day

The College of Natural Resources (CNR) Environmental Exploration Day is a 1-day event designed for high school sophomores and juniors interested in discovering natural resources majors in CNR that range from Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology to Sustainable Materials and Technology.


What will you experience?

  • Engage in hands-on experiments and interactive sessions
  • Visit the Schenck Forest, our outdoor lab, located 10 minutes from campus
  • Discover degree programs in the College of Natural Resources
  • Meet current students, faculty, and staff
  • Explore environmental and natural resource career opportunities
  • Learn about admissions at NC State

What types of majors will be explored?

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; and Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management. You can view a complete list of majors offered by CNR here.

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
  • Doctor and Veterinarian
  • Ecotourism Officer
  • Registered Forester
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Sales and Marketing Executive for the Sustainable Materials Industry

When is the event?

The event in 2017 will be in Spring.  Check back in January 2017 for more information.

Who is eligible to apply?

High school juniors and sophomores with a minimum weighted grade point average as noted below 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, transportation, program materials, and a t-shirt. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for this program.

Where will it take place?

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

How do I apply?

Space is limited, so we encourage students to apply early. Click here to apply today.

What about my chaperone?

The focus of this event is on the students. Therefore, we will not be offering activities for parents or chaperones. For ideas on how to spend the day in Raleigh, we recommend visitraleigh.com for more information.


For questions regarding this program, contact Tiffany McLean, Director of Enrollment Management, at tiffany_mclean@ncsu.edu or (919) 515-5510.

Sponsored by the NC State Natural Resources Foundation