Adopt-A-School Program

Dive into the amazing world around us and the animals who share it with us, with our 3-part program series for 4th grade. Balsam Mountain Trust partners with local businesses to provide standards-based wildlife education presentations at no cost to local Title I elementary schools. Our Adopt-A-School Program pairs a local business sponsor with an elementary school in Jackson or Haywood County. We will take students out of the textbook and into memorable learning by bringing live animals, interesting biofacts, and passionate educators to your school free of charge, thanks to our local business sponsors and our partnership with AmeriCorps CTNC. During each visit, students will learn about different kinds of animals (invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals)— all while mixing in conservation and environmental science elements.  

Check out the impact from the 2022-2023 School Year:


Hrs of Education



Adopt-A-School Sponsors for the 2023-2024 School Year

Scotts Creek School: Roy Gallinger, Sylva Family Practice PA

Fairview School: Tuckaseegee Fly Shop

Smokey Mountain Elementary: Sponsor Still Needed

Cullowhee Valley School: Mike and Kathy Nervie, Balsam Mountain Preserve 

Hazelwood Elementary: Sponsor Still Needed

Riverbend School: Sponsor Still Needed

Jonathan Valley Elementary: Stefanie Conley Real Estate Group

Junaluska Elementary: Haywood Landscapes, Inc.

Clyde Elementary: Zachary Pierce, Edward Jones

Bethel Elementary: Shick Construction

Interested in Becoming a Sponsor?

Are you a business that is interested in helping Balsam Mountain Trust provide free programming to Title 1 schools in the Region? Or do you know a business that may be interested? Please fill out this form to get more information or complete the Sponsorship. 

As a sponsor, you will receive the following recognition:

Certificate of Sponsorship (for display at the school and business)

Sponsors’ Friends and Family Open House at Balsam Mountain Trust

Social Media posts and tags

Feature on the BMT website (see above)

Thank you letters from staff and students

The joy of providing programming to students