The Neighborhood Ecology Corps (NEC) is an initiative focused on Nature & Community, developing environmentally literate citizens wishing to improve their community. NEC gets teams of students involved in assessing the condition, assets, and needs of their shared neighborhoods from several aspects:
cultural, ecological, health, livability, and safety
Each school year a new group of volunteer students meet one afternoon weekly developing their interest and scientific skills in more understandable ways. Through weekly after school meetings at local community centers, expeditions on Teacher Workday/Early Release days , and at least two camping trips annually , students participate in outdoor explorations to:
See, Understand What They See, and to Enjoy What They Understand! State and National Parks/Preserves/Refuges
Ecology of the Local Community
Professionals in the Environmental Field
Students may elect to continue into a 2 or 3 year program, culminating in a Leadership Camp.
This program is offered at NO COST to students or their families.
NEC is made possible by partnerships between Center for Human-Earth Restoration, NC State College of Natural Resources, Raleigh City Parks and Recreations, NC State Parks, and the National Parks Service. Scroll down to view links and pictures from our recent expeditions.
To get your student involved in N.E.C., please click here and submit a registration form to us.