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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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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Snails as Bioindicators of Acid Deposition - High 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 due to the links between calcium availability in soil and acid deposition.  This unit is broken into three parts including a trip to the park, a preparation activity and a wrap-up activity. 

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-College Undergraduate Level
    Keywords:
    bioindicator, snails, inventory and monitoring, all taxa biodiversity inventory, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, calcium, acid deposition
  • 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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-College Undergraduate Level
    Keywords:
    biodiversity, all taxa biodiversity inventory, biological inventory, inventory and monitoring, endemic species, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, phenology monitoring, acid deposition, scientific method, scientific name
  • Students engage in a game of marbles.

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for its scenic beauty, rich biodiversity, and continuum of human history.  This activity provides an opportunity for students to learn about other national park sites and why they are protected.

    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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Family Life, History, Regional Studies, Social Studies
    Keywords:
    national park service, park ranger, web ranger, Junior Ranger
  • Ranger sharing the importance of water in habitats.

    The fundamental significance of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is that it is a sanctuary for a remarkably diverse array of native plants and animals, providing a place that students can learn about the different animal groups.

    This unit is broken into three parts. The overall unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by three preparation activities and three wrap-up activities.  This is part 3 of the field preparation activity.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-Second Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Ecology
    Keywords:
    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, first grade, insects, invertebrates, habitats
  • A ranger introduces activities for the day.

    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 one wrap-up activity.  This is the wrap up activity of the unit. 

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Second Grade-Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Ecology
    Keywords:
    national park service, park ranger, web ranger, Junior Ranger
  • 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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Interdependence 5th Grade (Tennessee)

    Students will be introduced to the interdependence between the climate and biodiversity of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Program will include various ways to discover how life cycles work together to make a sustainable ecosystem. This full packet contains pre and post field trip lessons and maps to field trip locations in Tennessee.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade
    Keywords:
    weather, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, interdependence, air pollution
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Habitat Diversity - Grade 3 (Tennessee)

    Habitats are numerous and diverse within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Animals and plants alike need habitats. Habitats will be defined and students will take time to seek out clues from animals sharing habitats.
    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. 

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade
    Keywords:
    biodiversity, habitats, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, food chain
  • Girl with salamander

    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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Chemistry, Civic Engagement, Climate Change, Conservation, Earth Science, Ecology, Environment, Mathematics
    Keywords:
    biodiversity, research, inventory and monitoring, Salamanders, Amphibian, acid deposition, phenology monitoring, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • students using microscopes

    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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Earth Science, Ecology, Environment, Science and Technology
    Keywords:
    biodiversity, all taxa biodiversity inventory, ATBI, extremophile, tardigrade, meiofauna, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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