Lesson Plan

History and Culture: Field Trip Post-Site Part 2 - Grade 2 (North Carolina)

Mingus Mill in autumn.
Mingus Mill in autumn.
NPS Photo


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 two wrap-up activities.  This is part 2 of the wrap up activity 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: History and Culture Pre-Site Lesson, information and directions about the field trip and History and Culture Wrap-up part 1 and 2 post site lesson.

Download the full History and Culture 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