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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 »

  • Ammendments to the Superintendent's Compendium

    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 »

High School Social Studies and History

(for lessons for Alabama and Tennessee, please contact 662-680-4027)

Social Studies

GPS the NATT: Students will use GPS coordinates to plot the Blackland Prairie section of the National Scenic Trail on a topography map. Mississippi

What's Happenin'?: 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. Mississippi

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. Alabama Mississippi Tennessee

Preserving Our Heritage: Students will investigate local treasures (or imaginary ones) that could be protected. They will investigate how to help protect that resource and develop a management proposal. This could be used as a service learning project. Mississippi

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. Mississippi

Population Estimation: Capture, Mark, and Recapture Method: Using mathematical forumlas, students will learn how to estimate an animal population using the Spotted Salamander as a study subject, and evaluate the results when an unnatural event affects that population. Mississippi

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. Mississippi

Trails Across America: Students will learn about nationally significant historic and scenic trails as they work in pairs, and develop a compare and contrast report of two trails. Mississippi

Personal Leadership

Preserving Our Heritage: Students will investigate local treasures (or imaginary ones) that could be protected. They will investigate how to help protect that resource and develop a management proposal. This could be used as a service learning project.Mississippi

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. Mississippi

What's Happenin'?: 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. Mississippi

Community Studies and US Government/Civics

What's Happenin'?: 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. Mississippi

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. Alabama Mississippi Tennessee

Preserving Our Heritage: Students will investigate local treasures (or imaginary ones) that could be protected. They will investigate how to help protect that resource and develop a management proposal. This could be used as a service learning project. Mississippi

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. Mississippi

Cop a Gig for the Trace (ACG-Cop a Gig) Students will produce a community service media project about some aspect of the Natchez Trace Parkway and a National Scenic Trail. This is a highly variable lesson plan. Mississippi

MS Studies

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. Mississippi

Preserving Our Heritage: Students will investigate local treasures (or imaginary ones) that could be protected. They will investigate how to help protect that resource and develop a management proposal. This could be used as a service learning project. Mississippi

What's Happenin'?: 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. Mississippi

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. Alabama Mississippi Tennessee

Did You Know?

Emblem of the Daughters of the American Revolution

The Mississippi Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) played a vital role in the preservation of the Natchez Trace by placing markers in each Mississippi county the old trace passed through.