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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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  • Natchez Trace Parkway

    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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Eighth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Geography, Social Studies
    Keywords:
    Topography map, GPS, coordinates, geography, social studies
  • 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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Geography, Health, History, Physical Education, Physical Fitness, Social Studies
    Keywords:
    health, Healthy Parks, Healthy People, healthy parks healthy living, exercise, exercises, games, mapping, map
  • monarch caterpillar on milk weed

    Students will walk a trail and record information from observations. They will investigate the different living and non-living elements that make up one section of their local environment. The purpose of this lesson is three-fold. First students will make observations in a natural setting. Second they will learn to recognize diversity in one area of a trail. Third, they will be encouraged to think about why it is important to protect natural areas.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Environment
    Keywords:
    ecosystem, terrain, watershed, Sign, organic, science inquiry, inquiry, living, non-living, inorganic, Discovery Hike, hike, field trip, observation
  • Spotted Salamanders: Love those Spots!

    Spotted Salamanders have yellow spots which warn predators that they are poisonous. While not lethally toxic, their poison makes them taste very bitter to an animal that would like to eat them.  Salamanders lay eggs in water and juveniles metamorphose and lizards lay eggs on land and juveniles resemble adults. 

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    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Pre-Kindergarten-First Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Ecology
    Keywords:
    metamorphosis, Amphibian, spotted salamander, poisonous, adaptations
  • Five different park maps showing various NPS units with four closed and one open.

    This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Voyagers is designed for ninth through twelfth grade students so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, community service, presenting activities. Activities focus on cultural and natural resources and reasons for national parks. Activities feature budgeting and planning activity.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Geology, History, Oceans
    Keywords:
    National Parks, legacy, cultural resources, natural resources, heritage, climate change, careers, Wildland-Urban Interface
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