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Curriculum Materials

We offer a variety of free, ranger-led, curriculum-based programs that are correlated to North Carolina and Tennessee state learning standards. Our education programs are crafted for particular grade levels and their specific state standards. Please visit the pages below for information on program locations, details on program themes and activities, and downloadable lesson plans.

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  • Shenandoah National Park

    The Changing World of the Shenandoah Salamander

    The Changing World of the Shenandoah Salamander

    Shenandoah National Park is a refuge for many animals and plants that are pressured by human activities and other land uses. Shenandoah is home for the Shenandoah salamander, an endangered species that lives nowhere else on the planet. Human-accelerated climate change could cause a serious decline in population of the Shenandoah salamander. Students will learn about environmental threats and determine ways people can help protect species and care for their national parks and the environment.

  • Shenandoah National Park

    Shenandoah National Park: Gem of the Blue Ridge

    Shenandoah National Park: Gem of the Blue Ridge

    Shenandoah National Park is an important natural and cultural resource in Virginia’s Blue Ridge geographic region. Students in the 9 Virginia counties that border this long and narrow national park will discover those resources and the National Park Service mission with ranger-led in-class activities such as modeling park careers, analyzing artifacts, investigating geologic samples, and writing creative responses while gaining classroom knowledge about Virginia’s history, geology and geography.

  • Shenandoah National Park

    Shenandoah Salamander: Climate Change Casualty or Survivor?

    Shenandoah Salamander: Climate Change Casualty or Survivor?

    The Shenandoah salamander is an endangered species found only on a few rocky slopes within Shenandoah National Park. Its survival is being threatened by changing climate and habitat competition from the more common red-backed salamander. Students will conduct field research on the red-backed salamander to compare the two salamander species’ habitat requirements and determine how climate change and habitat competition are impacting the survival of the Shenandoah and red-backed salamanders.

  • Little River Canyon National Preserve

    Native American Tree and Plant Gathering, Commemorating the Trail of Tears

    Native American Tree and Plant Gathering, Commemorating the Trail of Tears

    The students will gain understanding of the plants and trees handled by American Indians. The students will be given a sheet with GPS coordinates on it, and then will go to that location and sketch what they find at that coordinate. After they find the coordinates the students will view a power point on some of the plants and trees on the trail. The Students will learn about plants in the park area and how American Indians used them.

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Mountain Life: Field Trip Post-Site Part 2 - Grade 2 (Tennessee)

    Mountain Life: Field Trip Post-Site Part 2 - Grade 2 (Tennessee)

    The Great Smoky Mountains are world renowned for their diversity of plant and animal species. This great variety makes the park an exemplary outdoor laboratory for the study of relatively undisturbed native flora, fauna, physical environs, and processes of the Southern Appalachians. This unit is broken into three parts. The overall unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by one preparation activity and two wrap-up activities. This is part 2 of the wrap up activity of the unit.

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Mountain Life: Field Trip Post-Site Part 1 - Grade 2 (Tennessee)

    Mountain Life: Field Trip Post-Site Part 1 - Grade 2 (Tennessee)

    This activity provides an opportunity for students to help save a piece of their own history by recording family interviews and sharing them with the class. This unit is broken into three parts. The overall unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by one preparation activity and two wrap-up activities. This is part 1 of the wrap-up activities of the unit.

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Mountain Life: Field Trip Preparation - Grade 2 (Tennessee)

    Mountain Life: Field Trip Preparation - Grade 2 (Tennessee)

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a unique opportunity to witness the panorama of Southern Appalachian history and culture. This unit is broken into three parts. The overall unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by one preparation activity and two wrap-up activities. This is the field preparation activity of the unit.

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Explore With Your Senses: Field Trip Post-Site Part 2 - Grade K (Tennessee)

    Explore With Your Senses: Field Trip Post-Site Part 2 - Grade K (Tennessee)

    The Great Smoky Mountains are world renowned for their diversity of plant and animal species. This great variety makes the park an exemplary outdoor laboratory for the study of relatively undisturbed native flora, fauna, physical environs, and processes of the Southern Appalachians. This unit is broken into three parts. The overall unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by one preparation activity and two wrap-up activities. This is part 2 of the wrap up activity of the unit.

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Explore With Your Senses: Field Trip Post-Site Part 1 - Grade K (Tennessee)

    Explore With Your Senses: Field Trip Post-Site Part 1 - Grade K (Tennessee)

    Just as many exciting discoveries were made during the class trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there are many places to explore within your school yard. This unit is broken into three parts. The overall unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by one preparation activity and two wrap-up activities. This is part 1 of the wrap up activity of the unit.

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Explore With Your Senses: Field Trip Post-Site Part 2 - Grade K (North Carolina)

    Explore With Your Senses: Field Trip Post-Site Part 2 - Grade K (North Carolina)

    The Great Smoky Mountains are world renowned for their diversity of plant and animal species. This great variety makes the park an exemplary outdoor laboratory for the study of relatively undisturbed native flora, fauna, physical environments, and processes of the Southern Appalachians. This unit is broken into three parts. The overall unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by one preparation activity and two wrap-up activities. This is part 2 of the wrap up activity of the unit.

Did You Know?

Flame azalea can be found growing on heath balds in the park.

The park’s high elevation heath balds are treeless expanses where dense thickets of shrubs such as mountain laurel, rhododendron, and sand myrtle grow. Known as “laurel slicks” and “hells” by early settlers, heath balds were most likely created by forest fires long ago. More...