Thirty Great North Carolina Science Adventures

From Underground Wonderlands to Islands in the Sky and Everything in Between

Edited by April C. Smith

Sarah J. Carrier, Assistant Editor

304 pp., 6 x 9, 166 color plates., 6 halftones, 7 maps, 1 table, index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5495-9
    Published: April 2020
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-5496-6
    Published: February 2020
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-5848-1
    Published: February 2020
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-5876-6
    Published: April 2020

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North Carolina possesses an astonishingly rich array of natural wonders. Building on this abundance, April C. Smith passionately seeks to open the world of nature to everyone. Her popular science guidebook features thirty sites across North Carolina that are perfect for exploration and hands-on learning about the Earth and the environment. A stellar group of naturalists and educators narrate each adventure, explaining key scientific concepts by showing you exactly where and how to look. This guidebook is for anyone鈥攖eens, kids, families, hikers, teachers, students, and tourists alike鈥攚ho loves to be outside while learning.

路 All you need to plan trips and discover new attractions

路 Organized by the state鈥檚 Mountain, Piedmont, and Coastal Plain regions

路 The 30 adventures spotlight wonderful places to hike, fascinating geological formations to find, animals and plants to observe, and hands-on learning activities

路 Explains clearly the scientific processes that made North Carolina the state it is today

路 Richly illustrated with photographs, diagrams, and maps; includes an indispensable science glossary

About the Authors

April C. Smith, president of In Situ Explorers, is a former environmental researcher who now enjoys sharing the wonders of science and nature with others.

For more information about April C. Smith, visit the Author Page.

Sarah J. Carrier is associate professor of science education at North Carolina State University.
For more information about Sarah J. Carrier, visit the Author Page.


鈥淔ull-color illustrations, photos, maps and diagrams complement lists of resources, and with narrators pointing readers exactly where to look as they daytrip through North Carolina鈥檚 natural world, the book becomes a living science book with the emphasis on both excitement and education.鈥--Mountain Times

鈥淲ho doesn鈥檛 want to get the kiddos into an outdoor learning setting? Highlights include Linville Caverns, Bluff Mountain Preserve, Mount Mitchell, the Cradle of Forestry, and numerous nearby spots in the Piedmont鈥檚 foothills.鈥--WNC Magazine

鈥淚 couldn鈥檛 wait to get my hands on this book. Taking us on explorations all around the state, Thirty Great North Carolina Science Adventures helps us see and more completely understand the clues that tell fascinating stories about North Carolina鈥檚 natural history. I find myself intrigued by new places and absorbing new information about my favorite places. And I鈥檝e made a top-ten list of my next adventures!鈥--Stephanie B. Jeffries, North Carolina State University

鈥淭his book gathers a group of enthusiastic experts who guide readers through a wide range of North Carolina鈥檚 natural areas--sharing their knowledge of science and nature, and inspiring self-explorations along the way.鈥--Mary-Russell Roberson, coauthor of Exploring the Geology of the Carolinas