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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  • scanning microscope image of tardigrade

    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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-College Undergraduate Level
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Earth Science, Ecology, Environment
    Keywords:
    tardigrade, biodiversity, all taxa biodiversity inventory, extremophile, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Two kids hold up a large picture of a shenandoah salamander next to a park ranger who holds up an arrowhead, the symbol of the National Park Service.

    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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Climate Change, Conservation, Environment, Wildlife Biology
  • Five different park maps showing various NPS units with four closed and one open.

    This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Voyagers is designed for ninth through twelfth grade students so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, community service, presenting activities. Activities focus on cultural and natural resources and reasons for national parks. Activities feature budgeting and planning activity.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Geology, History, Oceans
    Keywords:
    National Parks, legacy, cultural resources, natural resources, heritage, climate change, careers, Wildland-Urban Interface
  • A group of children gather around in a circle as they look at a salamander

    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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Seventh Grade-College Undergraduate Level
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Climate Change, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
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