• A curve along the Natchez Trace Parkway with fall colors

    Natchez Trace

    Parkway AL,MS,TN

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  • 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 »

For Teachers

Ranger Amy doing Skins and Skulls

Students have the opportunity to develop meaniful memories and useful skills.

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Experience a Depth of Understanding

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The Natchez Trace Parkway offers opportunities for teachers to help students develop a depth of understanding for the world around them. The Parkway covers 10,000 years of human history; includes 52,000 acres of land embracing four ecosystems and eight watersheds; and also provides a variety of healthy and fun outdoor recreational opportunities. Our education program reflects this diversity and provides opportunities for teachers to use the park as a classroom for a teaching tool both in the classroom or in the field. Rangers may be available to lead field trips or present classroom programs. Teachers are always welcome to use our lesson plans and lead their own field trips. The Natchez Trace Parkway also provides professional development opportunities and Volunteer experiences for both active and retired teachers. The Natchez Trace Parkway staff covers three states, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. For more information call 662-680-4015.

Click on the links below to learn more about:

Parks as Classrooms: Curriculum Materials

Elementary Level Lesson Plans

Middle School Lesson Plans

High School Lesson Plans

Spotted Salamanders Lesson Plans

Field Trips, Travel Trunks and MORE

Did You Know?

The Sunken Trace at mile post 41.5 on the Natchez Trace Parkway

The "Sunken Trace" at milepost 41.5 on the Natchez Trace Parkway was caused by thousands of travelers walking over the easily eroded loess soil.