North Carolina Elementary
These opportunities for Kindergarten through 5th grade challenge students with hands-on learning experiences that are correlated with North Carolina elementary school curriculum standards. Each program enhances classroom learning by using the park's cultural and/or natural resources as teaching tools. Students have the opportunity to make real-world connections with science and history, while having fun at the same time! Watch a video overview.
All programs are free and bus assistance money may be available. For additional information or to sign your class up, call 828-497-1907 or email. Please fax us (828)497-1910 your completed reservation form or attach it to your email to formalize your program request.
If you would like a hard copy of these programs, please download our color flyer.(1 mb pdf.)
Program Video: This video highlights the main activities and lessons for elementary grade levels, showcases the variety of educational offerings and provides a sense of program location. Each of the featured programs has a complete downloadable lesson plan on this site.
Explore with Your Senses! (Kindergarten)
Have to Have a Habitat (First Grade)
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History and Culture (Second Grade)
What Makes Great Smokies Great? (Third Grade)
Mountain Farm Life (Fourth grade)
Location: Mountain Farm Museum (at Oconaluftee Visitor Center) Offered in Spring Only
On Top of Old Smoky (Fifth Grade)
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Did You Know?
An experimental program to reintroduce elk to the park was begun in 2001. Elk once roamed the Smokies, but were eliminated from the region in the mid 1800s by over-hunting and loss of habitat. Other animals successfully reintroduced to the park include river otters and barn owls. More...