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Field Trips and Outdoor Education

Programs for K-12

Bring your school group to wilderness-based experiences that will captivate your students with hands-on, experiential learning in the great outdoors. Classes are designed to support state educational standards.

Classic Field Trip (only $15 per student & teachers accompanying their class are FREE)

Bring your group on our classic field trip consisting of 4 one-hour periods that all take place in the great outdoors! This includes:

  1. Narrated Train Ride in the Gorge on the historic East TN, & Western NC railway that linked Johnson City, TN and Cranberry, NC. See native flora and unique rock formations!
  2. Group Games (DRG staffed) – Learn to work together wile having fun!
  3. Teacher-led Activities: Enjoy free time activities with you team including- Octaball, 9 Square in the Air, Volleyball, Ping Pong, Cornhole, Dodgeball, & Disc Golf.
  4. Adventure Activity OR Outdoor Education class (one activity or class based on the number of participants and age).
Lunch (optional) served during last two activity hours. Bring your own lunch or purchase $5 per person (hot dog, chips, cookie, drink)

Custom Field Trips (Call for pricing)

Customized field trips allow you to fully customize your stay, hand-pick your favorite classes, activities, and how long you stay.

  1. Identify your goals for your students, do you want your team to conquer fears, develop trust or strengthen communication? Call us to discuss your needs and we will tailor the field trip to meet your students needs.
  2. Choose how long you stay.
  3. Pick your activities and outdoor education classes.

Come Experience the magnificent scenery, premier facilities, unsurpassed activities, excellent food, and heart-warming hospitality of Doe River Gorge. Secluded from the outside world, it is the perfect destination for your groups.

Classes and Activities

Outdoor Education Classes: click for details  

  • Talk with Animals
  • Horse Studies
  • Decomposition
  • River Critters
  • Tree Detectives
  • Nature Hike
  • Incredible Invertebrates
  • Fire-Building
  • Outdoor Shelters

Activities led by DRG Staff (based on group size):

Included Amenities

  • Disc Golf
  • Ping Pong
  • 9 Square in the Air
  • 4 Square
  • Foosball
  • Chess
  • Checkers
  • Cornhole
  • Soccer
  • Tetherball
  • Octaball
  • Volleyball
"Our Students stated that the trip to Doe River Gorge was the best field trip they had ever attended. For weeks, the field trip at Doe River Gorge was all they talked about. At the end of the school year, we have a time when our students share what was most memorable about their school year and many of our students said going to Doe River Gorge was the best thing they did this year. I plan on bringing my students to Doe River Gorge as an annual event in the future. Thank you Doe River Gorge!"
-  Sarah
3rd grade teacher

All programs include access to our facilities & amenities including: hiking, disc golf, ping pong, octaball, volleyball, playing fields, 9-square-in-the-air.


If you can't make it to Doe River Gorge to meet our animals, we can bring them to you!
Our trained staff will travel to your location with 5-7 different species of animals for this one-hour "Talk with Animals" experience. Students get to encounter live, exotic reptiles, birds and mammals through hands-on interaction, instruction and discussion. Give students a chance to explore, value, and enjoy the natural world!
Call 423.725.4010 for special youth group pricing
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