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)
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?
The barn at the Mountain Farm Museum at Oconaluftee Visitor Center is over 50 feet wide and 60 feet long. A modern 2,500 square foot home would fit in the upstairs loft of the barn and over 16,000 hand-split wooden shingles are required to roof it. More...