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    Great Smoky Mountains

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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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    Snails as Bioindicators of Acid Deposition - Middle School

    In this lesson students will better understand how snails are an important part of the soil’s food chain and why scientists are concerned about their population. This unit is broken into three parts. This unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by two preparation activities and two wrap-up activities.

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    Tree Phenology Monitoring (High School)

    Tree Phenology Monitoring (High School)

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park is using phenology, the study of biological events that change in response to their environment, to investigate the changing climate. This unit is broken into three parts. The overall unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by two preparation activities and two wrap-up activities.

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    Tree Phenology Monitoring (Middle School)

    Tree Phenology Monitoring (Middle School)

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park is using phenology, the study of biological events that change in response to their environment, to investigate the changing climate. This unit is broken into three parts. The overall unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by two preparation activities and two wrap-up activities.

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    Terrestrial Invertebrate Biodiversity Inventory (High School)

    In this lesson students will become familiar with the vocabulary associated with the site lesson. This unit is broken into three parts. This unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by a preparation activity and a wrap-up activity.

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    Extremophiles: Tardigrade Research Wrap-Up (North Carolina High School)

    Extremophiles: Tardigrade Research Wrap-Up (North Carolina High School)

    This lesson allows students to further their knowledge about extremophiles. This unit is broken into three parts. This unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by a preparation activity and a wrap-up activity. This is part 3 of the field wrap-up activity of the unit.

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    Students as Scientists: The World of Tardigrades (Tardigrade Research Preparation for North Carolina High School)

    Students as Scientists: The World of Tardigrades (Tardigrade Research Preparation for North Carolina High School)

    In this lesson students will be introduced to the microscopic world that thrives in lichens including Tardigrade characteristics, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory and man-made threats. This unit is broken into three parts including a trip to the park, a preparation activity and a wrap-up activity. This is the field preparation activity of the unit.

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    Students as Scientists: The World of Tardigrades (Tardigrade Research Preparation for North Carolina Middle School)

    Students as Scientists: The World of Tardigrades (Tardigrade Research Preparation for North Carolina Middle School)

    In this lesson students will be introduced to the microscopic world that thrives in lichens including Tardigrade characteristics, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory and man-made threats. This unit is broken into three parts including a trip to the park, a preparation activity and two wrap-up activities. This is the field preparation activity of the unit.

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    Students as Scientists: Salamander Research Wrap Up (North Carolina Middle School)

    Students as Scientists: Salamander Research Wrap Up (North Carolina Middle School)

    The Great Smoky Mountains are known as the “Salamander Capital of the World!” Salamanders are an especially abundant and diverse group in the park. Researchers use salamanders as a bio-indicator to help assess the health of our forests threatened by air pollution and impacts from a changing climate. This unit is broken into three parts. This unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by a preparation activity and a wrap-up activity. This is the wrap-up activity of the unit.

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Students as Scientists: Salamander Research Wrap-Up (North Carolina High School)

    Students as Scientists: Salamander Research Wrap-Up (North Carolina High School)

    The Great Smoky Mountains are known as the “Salamander Capital of the World!” Salamanders are an especially abundant and diverse group in the park. Researchers use salamanders as a bio-indicator to help assess the health of our forests threatened by air pollution and impacts from a changing climate. This unit is broken into three parts. This unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by a preparation activity and a wrap-up activity. This is the wrap-up activity of the unit.

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Students as Scientists: Salamander Research Preparation (North Carolina High School)

    Students as Scientists: Salamander Research Preparation (North Carolina High School)

    The Great Smoky Mountains are known as the “Salamander Capital of the World!” Salamanders are an especially abundant and diverse group in the park. Researchers use salamanders as a bio-indicator to help assess the health of our forests threatened by air pollution and impacts from a changing climate. This unit is broken into three parts. This unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by a preparation activity and a wrap-up activity. This is the field preparation activity of the unit.

Did You Know?

Visitors can often spot bears in trees at the edges of forests.

Approximately 1,500 black bears live in the park. This equals a population density of approximately two bears per square mile. Bears can be found throughout the park, but are easiest to spot in open areas such as Cades Cove and Cataloochee Valley. More...