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The Park Ranger Institute is held at the west campus of the North Carolina Justice Academy, located at 3971 Chimney Rock Rd., Edneyville, North Carolina

The campus provides nine classrooms with modern presentation technology, a dormitory that can house 72 students, a gymnasium that includes a full-service weight room, a 12-lane indoor firing range for pistol/shotgun/rifle fire, a cafeteria, and large field with a ¼-mile running/walking track. The campus is located near Hendersonville for shopping or additional dining. 

Dormitory Information
Institute attendees will be housed at the academy's dormitories, room capacity is two. Each room has two double beds and a bathroom with shower. Towels, washcloths, bed linen, soap, alarm clocks and paper supplies are provided. You should bring personal toiletries. Do not bring electrical cooking appliances, or pets. 

Housekeeping at the Dorm

  1. Trash is picked up daily

  2. If you would like fresh linens, place dirty linens on the floor in the restroom

  3. Place “do not disturb” sign in the key-card reader if you don’t want your room checked 

  4. If you do not wish to have your room checked but need new towels, place dirty towels outside your door (and trash if necessary)

  5. Extra linens are available at the front desk

Alcohol Policy
Underage drinking is a violation of state law and will not be tolerated. All students attending the Institute will have their ages verified with a photo ID (preferably a driver's license).


Consuming of alcoholic beverages in any of the following areas is absolutely prohibited:

  • Justice academy gym 

  • Justice academy cafeteria  

  • Justice academy classrooms

Areas where consumption of alcoholic beverages are permitted:

  • Student lounge

  • Dormitory lounges

  • Dormitory rooms


No open displays of alcohol when moving from one campus location to another will be allowed

(i.e. walking with beer cans or liquor or wine bottles in plain view). Effective in 2012, the student lounge will close at 12 midnight.


All board members will be on the lookout for any violation of this policy. Any violations will be reported directly to the Executive Director at which time the offender(s) will be asked to leave the Institute, no exceptions. There will be no refunds and your college or agency will be notified by the Executive Director of your actions.

Smoking Policy
North Carolina law prohibits smoking in state buildings and within 25 feet of any entrance. Two gazebos have been provided for smoking areas. Please be courteous and deposit smoking waste in the proper container.

Parking passes will be issued to all attendees at the dormitory office.  The student parking areas on the campus are marked with signs.  Please use these designated areas for parking.  Do not park on the grass.

Training includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. The cafeteria food service is provided by a private contractor.  Meal times will be posted in the class syllabus.  

Quiet Hours
Quiet hours will be observed from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. No loud music, televisions, or general noise from groups or individuals is permitted during these hours. Guests not following this rule will be referred to academy staff and may be removed from the dormitory. Additionally, a student recreation area is located in the gymnasium.

The gymnasium is available to academy guests. The academy’s gymnasium recreational facilities include a recreation room equipped with ping-pong, darts, pool table, large screen TV and a beverage machine. The exercise room is a fully equipped aerobic and weight training facility containing a variety of exercise equipment and free weight equipment. The gymnasium is a regulation basketball court, adaptable to handball and volleyball.

Weapons of any type will not be allowed in the dormitories at any time or for any reason. All weapons should be locked in the trunk of your vehicle. Classes that require weapons will provide a place (other than the dorm) for cleaning.

No pets or working dogs are allowed in the dormitory at any time. Special cases must be approved by the Deputy Director.


The Park Ranger Institute is hosted by the North Carolina Justice Academy

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