Lesson Plan

Have to Have a Habitat: Field Trip Post-Site Part 3 - Grade 1 (North Carolina)

Ranger sharing the importance of water in habitats.
Ranger sharing the importance of water in habitats.
NPS Photo - Beth Wright


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 wrap-up activities of the unit.


1. To teach students about the various aspects of the National Park Service.


Teachers coming on the accompanying field trip should download our complete field trip packet that includes all of the lessons: Have to Have a Habitat pre-site lessons, information and directions about the field trip and Have to Have a Habitat Wrap-up lessons.

Download the full Have to Have a Habitat Field Trip packet (includes Preparation and Wrap-up lessons).


This lesson includes instructions on how to become a Web Ranger and a Pre and Post Site Test.


Have the students learn how to become a web ranger for the National Park Service students go to: www.nps.gov/webrangers.


Administer a pre and post site test that is included in the unit.

Park Connections

Becoming a junior ranger is a wonderful way to get involved with the park and help protect all the amazing resources of the park.


National Park Service, Junior Ranger