ecoEXPLORE (Experiences Promoting Learning Outdoors for Research and Education)

ecoEXPLORE is an incentive-driven science enrichment program that engages Kindergarden through eighth-grade students in guided and self-directed citizen science activities. Each season, one particular area of field ecology (botany, herpetology, entomology and ornithology) is highlighted with public programming, self-guided activities, a public event and special invitation-only programs. Students engage as active participants of the scientific method as they record observations of organisms found in their neighborhoods, libraries and at the Arboretum.

ecoEXPLORE is funded by a Student Science Enrichment Program grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation.

Program partners include:

  • Buncombe County Public Library System
  • The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
  • Buncombe County Schools
  • UNC Greensboro’s HERP Project
  • Audubon Society of North Carolina
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Buncombe County
  • AmeriCorps Project Conserve
  • Monarch Rescue
  • Wild Birds Unlimited Asheville/Hendersonville
  • Kudzu Brands

For more information on ecoEXPLORE, please contact Jonathan Marchal, youth education manager, at or 828-665-2492.

Become an ecoEXPLORER Today!

Would you like to solve a scientific mystery, discover the next species or contribute real scientific data to real scientists? If so, become an ecoEXPLORER!