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: F.Patrick McGuire, D.D.S. and Jeanne McGuire
Summit Charter School: Timothy S. Spilliards, DMD, PA; Cashiers Family Dental
Fairview School: Jim Woods, Wells Fargo
Smoky Mountain Elementary: Jim Woods, Wells Fargo
Cullowhee Valley School: Tim Newell, Cullowhee River Club
School of Alternatives: Jay Pavey, Pavey Law

Hazelwood Elementary: Dean Howell, Taylor Ford
Junaluska Elementary: Jack Bishop, Edward Jones
Clyde Elementary: Kevin Wells, First Citizens Bank
Bethel Elementary: Lisa Ferguson, Edward Jones