• The legendary battle between Confederate guns and US ironclads at Fort Donelson, February 14, 1862.

    Fort Donelson

    National Battlefield Tennessee

Materials to Loan

Fort Donelson National Battlefield can provide you with a variety of materials to help you with your pre-visit activities.

A brief DVD, entitled "Fort Donelson: A Place for Heroes" is specially designed for students, and shares personal stories of those associated with the February, 1862, battle, including Confederate and Union soldiers, Union Navy sailors, civilians, and African Americans who sought refuge at the three former Confederate forts after the surrender. This DVD is provided free of charge upon request. Please call (931) 232-5706, ext. 103, to request a copy. (The film is also available on a VHS tape if preferred.)

A special educators guide is also available, which explores several themes associated with the 1862 battle. These lesson plans were devised specifically with Tennessee and Kentucky state standards.

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  • Sitka National Historical Park

    Beach Discovery Packs for Loan

    Beach Discovery Packs for Loan

    It’s time for an adventure! Borrow a beach discovery pack, and discover the many wonders hidden within the park’s intertidal zone. To start your exploration today, stop by the park’s Visitor Center and check out a beach discovery pack. Inside the pack you will find all the tools you need to discover the diverse flora and fauna that call this ecosystem home.

  • Lava Beds National Monument

    Binoculars

    Want a good look at Lava Beds? We have binoculars available to help your class get up close views of wildlife, geologic features, and much more.

  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Borrow our snowshoes!

    Borrow our snowshoes!

    If you visit in winter, consider borrowing our snowshoes for your class

  • Chickasaw Language Flash Cards: Basic Words and Phrases

    Chickasaw Language Flash Cards: Basic Words and Phrases

    Students can learn common Chickasaw words and phrases with these cards.

  • Natchez Trace Parkway

    Chickasaw Language Flashcards & CD: Sports

    Chickasaw Language Flashcards & CD: Sports

    This kit contains an audio CD and a pack of illustrated flashcards with over 30 sports related words. The sports covered are football, soccer, baseball, basketball, stickball, and volleyball.

  • Lava Beds National Monument

    Clipboards

    We have clipboards for loan so that you can take your classes into the field.

  • Natchez Trace Parkway

    Cronicles of The Cumberland Settlements

    This is a superb reference for students and teachers looking for primary source information about the political and cultural development of the area from east Tennessee, Northern Alabama and Mississippi, following the Cumberland River to the Mississippi river.

  • Klondike Gold Rush - Seattle Unit National Historical Park

    Days of Adventure; Dreams of Gold

    Days of Adventure; Dreams of Gold

    A video detailing the trails and tribulations of those headed to the Klondike Gold Rush. This 27 minute video narrated by Hal Holbrook explores all the facets of the gold rush from the ports of Skagway and Dyea, along the Chilkoot and Whitepass Trails, down the Yukon River, and finally in the gold fields surrounding Dawson City.

  • Olympic National Park

    Discovery Backpack

    Discovery Backpack

    Uncover the mysteries of our natural world with field worksheets, two interactive outdoor games, and six photo field guides. Watch as your young hikers become investigators discovering the purpose and meaning of what they see in the great outdoors.

  • Grand Canyon National Park

    DVD Loan Program

    DVD Loan Program

    Bring Grand Canyon’s wildlife, geology, and other features to life in your classroom by renting an educational DVD from Grand Canyon Association.

Did You Know?

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There was a significant enslaved population in Stewart County, TN, before and during the 1862 battle. After the Union victories at Forts Heiman, Henry and Donelson, many freedom seeking slaves sought refuge at these forts, even establishing a community near today's Fort Donelson National Cemetery.