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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 »

  • Portion of National Scenic Trail Near Tupelo Closed to Hikers

    Part of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail (NOT the Parkway) near Tupelo, MS, has been closed until 2015 due to construction under Tupelo's Major Thoroughfare Construction Project. Parkway travelers may expect delays, but no detours are expected. More »

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    Launching, landing or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of the Natchez Trace Parkway is prohibited except as approved in writing by the superintendent. More »

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.

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    Ecoregions of the Natchez Trace Parkway

    Ecoregions of the Natchez Trace Parkway

    The students will investigate an ecoregion of the NATR and fill out a worksheet with ecoregions characteristics. They will then collect the information into a class scrapbook. If necessary, the teacher will review with the class, the words; biotic, abiotic, biome and landform. The teacher will assign pairs or small groups of students to research the various ecoregions found along the Natchez Trace Parkway. The teacher will assist the students in compiling a scrapbook containing their research.

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    Beavers on the Trace

    Beavers on the Trace

    On a National Scenic Trail students will observe how a keystone species can create an ecosystem used by a variety of different species, leading to an overall increase in biodiversity. The students will be visiting a National Scenic Trail and observing an ecosystem created by a keystone species (beavers).

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    Scrapbooking the Natchez Trace

    Scrapbooking the Natchez Trace

    The students will create a scrapbook of the plants and animals of the Natchez Trace Parkway. Each student will be assigned a plant or animal that lives on the Trace. The students will perform research to find interesting facts about it. As the students are researching, they should also find a picture of the species. When all of the assignments have been turned in, the teacher will bind the pages together to make a classroom scrapbook of the animals and plants that live on the Natchez Trace.

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    American Indian Mound CSI

    American Indian Mound CSI

    By pretending they are investigating a theft, the students will compare and contrast Native American mounds from two time periods. They will use deductive reasoning to determine which objects belong to which mounds in either of the two time periods. The lesson can be used with photos provided in the plan or teachers may check out imitation artifact kits by calling 662-680-4015.

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    Alien Invasion

    Alien Invasion

    On a National Scenic Trail, students will investigate how privet, a non-native plant species, out-competes and affects native plant species diversity. They will inventory the plants along the trail.

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    America’s Earliest Highway: The Natchez Trace

    America’s Earliest Highway: The Natchez Trace

    A historical narrative and four independent lesson activities including mapping, persuasive letter writing, research, and “bridge building” are provided to teach students about the physical evolution of the Natchez Trace. This lesson will teach about the history of the building of the road now known as the Natchez Trace Parkway. Four separate activities are provided, including plotting the Trace on a blank map, writing a letter, learning about engineering, and building a bridge with cards.

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    Alien Invasions (6th Grade)

    Alien Invasions (6th Grade)

    On a National Scenic Trail, students will investigate how privet, a non-native plant species, out-competes and affects native plant species diversity.

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    Study for A Worn Path by Eudora Welty

    Study for A Worn Path by Eudora Welty

    "A Worn Path,” is a short story written by Eudora Welty in 1940. The story is set on the Natchez Trace and the town of Natchez, MS. The protagonist is Phoenix Jackson an elderly African-American woman who goes on a heroic quest to procure medicine for her ill grandson. Students will read “A Worn Path,” complete a comprehension quiz, discuss the layers of metaphor, simile, allusion, and allegory utilized by Welty.

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    History of the Natchez Trace

    History of the Natchez Trace

    The teacher will read How the Natchez Trace Came to Be to the students and the students will write a summary report of the book with help from the teacher. The teacher will show the students an official map of the Natchez Trace Parkway and have the students determine where they live in relation to the Parkway. The teacher will lead a reinforcing class discussion. Alternatively, the teacher may write the notes on the board after the story is read and then have the students copy the notes.

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    GPS the NATT

    GPS the NATT

    Students will use GPS coordinates to plot a National Scenic Trail on a topography map. This lesson assumes that students already know how to plot GPS coordinates. However, if they have never plotted GPS, if they can plot points on a graph, they can plot GPS coordinates with a short explanation. GPS units are available in a traveling kit.

Did You Know?

Boatmen from the Ohio River Valley walked along the Natchez Trace.

The "Kaintucks", or boatmen from the Ohio River Valley, would walk approximately 500 miles from Natchez to Nashville along the Natchez Trace in about 30 days.