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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 »

Eighth Grade Lesson Plans

Supplemental Powerpoint download: The Natchez Trace Prehistoric Trail to 21st Century Parkway.


Science

Across the Trace: Students will learn about the life and hardships of the spotted salamander, write a short report and develop a poster that will advertise their plight.
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What's Happenin' on the Trace: The 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.
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Ecoregions of the Natchez Trace Parkway: Students will investigate the ecoregions along the Natchez Trace and fill out a table with ecoregion characteristics.
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Social Studies

Across the Trace: Students will learn about the life and hardships of the spotted salamander, write a short report and develop a poster that will advertise their plight.
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What's Happenin' on the Trace: The students will investigate current events associated with the Natchez Trace Parkway. They will report on the events in writing or by developing a visual presentation. Subject areas may include: community events or issues, plants, animals, invasive species, boundary issues, social issues and environmental issues.
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This Land is YOUR Land: Students will learn to value the preservation of history by identifying what personally historic material objects are important to them.
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Who, What, and Why is a National Park: Students will research a National Park online or from printed materials and answer relevant questions on a worksheet. They will develop an advertisement for the park they researched.
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Trails Across America: Students will work in pairs to research National Historic and Scenic Trails and develop a compare and contrast report of two trails.
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So what is the Natchez Trace Parkway: This lesson will teach students about how the Natchez Trace Parkway and the Natchez Trace Scenic trails relate to the National Park Service, through class discussion and review worksheet.
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GPS the NATT: Students will use GPS coordinates to plot the Blackland Prairie section of the National Scenic Trail on a topography map.
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Something Old and Something New: On seven maps from 1816 to the present, small groups of students will compare and contrast the areas surrounding the Natchez Trace Parkway and answer questions about the maps.
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America's Earliest Highway: The Natchez Trace EHNT Early HWY: 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.
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Language Arts

What's Happenin' on the Trace: The 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. Alabama Mississippi Tennessee

So what is the Natchez Trace Parkway: This lesson will teach students about how the Natchez Trace Parkway and the Natchez Trace Scenic trails relate to the National Park Service, through class discussion and review worksheet.
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Physical Education

Traveling the Natchez Trace: The students will engage in several physical exercises while using their map skills.
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Your Target Heart Rate Zone: Students will jog along a section of the Natchez Trace Scenic Trail and learn the importance of stretching and exercising in their target heart rate zone.
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Did You Know?

The view from Little Mountain, one of the highest points along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

The terrain along the Natchez Trace Parkway changes from 70 to 1,100 feet in elevation and passes through 5 degrees of latitude.