Are you a local business looking to give back to the kids in your community?

Balsam Mountain Trust partners with local businesses to provide standards-based wildlife education presentations at no cost to local Title I elementary schools.


Adopt-a-School pairs a local business with an elementary school in Jackson or Haywood County to cover the cost of live-animal programming for all of the 4th graders. The sponsorship also funds our participation in the county Soil and Water Conservation Field Days for all 5th grade students.


Hrs of Education



We’ve continued to grow this program, and are slated to deliver programming in 10 schools next year!
If you represent a business or school interested in our Adopt-A-School program, please email Education Directors Rose Wall and Jen Knight at

Balsam Mountain Trust Adopt-a-School Partners

Scotts Creek School: Roy Gallinge, Sylva Family Practice PA

Summit Charter School: Tricia Cox, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Fairview School: Wells Fargo

Smoky Mountain Elementary: Wells Fargo

Cullowhee Valley School: Tim Newell, Cullowhee River Club

School of Alternatives: Jay Pavey, Pavey Law

Hazelwood Elementary: Lisa Ferguson, Edward Jones

Junaluska Elementary: Joe Sam and Kate Queen Family Foundation

Clyde Elementary: Kevin Wells, First Citizens Bank

Bethel Elementary: Architectural Studios