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    Natchez Trace

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  • Short Construction Delays Possible Near Tupelo, MS (milepost 264.4)

    Repairs on a bridge will require one-lane closures of the Parkway for about 1/4 mile near Tupelo. Work is expected to be completed in fall of 2014. Please use caution due to construction traffic around the work area. More »

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Curriculum Materials

The Natchez Trace Parkway is a diverse blend of history, environment, and recreation. Its thousands of years of human history began with travelers who pre-dated the mound builders, and continues on through 20th century public works projects. The Trace contains diverse environmental features ranging from mixed hardwood forests on foothills, to prairie and swamps. The 444-mile corridor provides opportunities for a vast variety of outdoor recreational experiences. Our educational program reflects the diversity of the Trace and provides educational experiences that engage students and inspire learning.

We are currently updating our pages, so please be patient with our progress and check back as our lessons become searchable. Links to lesson plans are below and also at the bottom of the For Teachers page.

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    Through Our Own Eyes: A Chickasaw Perspective on Removal

    Through Our Own Eyes: A Chickasaw Perspective on Removal

    This lesson was developed by the Chickasaw Nation Department of Culture and Humanities. Students whose ancestors had been removed to Oklahoma returned to their ancestral homelands in Mississippi to create educational resources for the Natchez Trace Parkway. This is one of those resources.

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    United States Colored Troops in the Civil War

    United States Colored Troops in the Civil War

    African American troops fought valiantly in the Civil War. This Teacher Ranger Teacher created lesson uses a web quest and primary sources to look at the contributions of these brave soldiers.

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    What’s Happenin’ on the Trace?

    What’s Happenin’ on the Trace?

    Students will investigate current events associated with the Natchez Trace Parkway. They will write a journalism type report and/or develop a visual presentation. Subject areas may include: community events or issues, plants, animals, invasive species, boundary issues, social issues and environmental issues. The students should pretend they are reporters. They will develop a written or visual project, depending on the teacher assignment.

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    Classified: Bears (and more) on the Trace

    Classified: Bears (and more) on the Trace

    Students will examine the system of classification developed by Carlos Linnaeus in the 1750’s. Students will develop a poster illustrating the Linnaean Classification System.

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    Animal Populations Up and Down

    Animal Populations Up and Down

    Animal populations have natural cycles. Those cycles are frequently influenced by human pressures. Students will see animal populations grow and decline, and learn more about predator prey adaptations that classify animals. This lesson introduces the basic population dynamic concepts with simplified fluctuations.

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    Cop a Gig for the Trace

    Cop a Gig for the Trace

    This lesson plan inspires community service projects associated with the Natchez Trace Parkway and National Scenic Trails. It raises awareness of the national parkway that runs through Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. National Parks have limited avenues to raise awareness and teach people about their national treasures. Students will produce community service media projects about some aspect of the Natchez Trace Parkway and its National Scenic Trail. This is a highly variable lesson plan.

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    Discovering Diversity

    Discovering Diversity

    The students will visit a National Scenic Trail and investigate the diversity and adaptations of biological organisms along the trail. They will collect data on the trail and create and compare representative grafts in the classroom.

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    Fire Safety Review (and Good Fires)

    Fire Safety Review (and Good Fires)

    Students will review fire safety, be introduced to the concept that not all fire is bad, and engage in a physical activity that integrates fitness and fire safety knowledge. A guest speaker from the Fire Management Division at the Natchez Trace Parkway could be requested. The activity involves teamwork, body fitness, and space awareness, as well as fire safety knowledge.

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    Wetland Habitat on the Trace

    Wetland Habitat on the Trace

    The students will be visiting a National Scenic Trail and identifying the plants and animals found in wetlands. In the classroom, students will become familiar with the term wetlands and discuss the role that each organism plays in a wetland ecosystem.

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    Traveling the Natchez Trace

    Traveling the Natchez Trace

    The students will engage in several physical exercises while using map skills. The students will engage in a number of different basic physical exercises such as jumping jacks, push-ups, jogging, skipping, crunches, etc.

Did You Know?

Emerald Mound, Mississippi

Emerald Mound is the largest Mississippian Period ceremonial mound along the Natchez Trace Parkway, and covers nearly eight acres.