Tuesday, March 1, 2011

N.C. Environmental Education Centers Come out Strong Again in Top N.C. Attractions List

Carolina Publishing Associates has released its top 2010 N.C. visitor attractions, and facilities listed as "North Carolina Environmental Education Centers" once again dominate the list (20 out of 30 ranked). Here are the EE Centers listed by their number in the ranking. The complete list of attractions is available in this story from the Greensboro News and Record.

2. Fort Macon Historic Site, Atlantic Beach, 799,322

3. North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro, 755,531

4. N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, 708,398;

5. Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Kure Beach, 618,373

6. Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh, 570,793

7. Discovery Place, Charlotte, 530,423

9. Museum of Life and Science, Durham, 433,018

10. N.C. Aquarium-Fort Fisher, Kure Beach, 429,883

11. N.C. Aquarium-Pine Knoll Shores, Pine Knoll Shores, 387,039

12. North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, 371,000

14. North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, 320,388

16. Natural Science Center, Greensboro, 290,928

17. N.C. Aquarium-Roanoke Island, Manteo, 288,000

18. Grandfather Mountain, Linville, 255,000

19. Chimney Rock, Chimney Rock, 219,221

22. North Carolina Maritime Museum, Beaufort, 185,551

24. Catawba Science Center, Hickory, 177,067

26. Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo, 140,826 (not listed, but does have EE-related programs)

27. Greensboro Children's Museum, Greensboro, 132,805

29. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Belmont, 106,300

More Environmental Education Policy Updates

Project Learning Tree's newsletter, the Branch, has a comprehensive update on issues affecting environmental education policy on the federal level. All of these items could have an impact on state and local environmental education programs.

Topics covered include America’s Great Outdoors Report and budget updates on the EPA Office of Environmental Education and several other areas that affect EE and environmental literacy. Thanks again to PLT for the Washington updates.