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Traveling Trunks

 
Replica Mississippian era pot

This replica pottery piece represents Mississippian era pottery and is part of the American Indian Traveling Trunk kit.

The Natchez Trace Parkway has several Traveling Trunk Kits available for teachers to borrow for classroom use. Teachers may borrow kits for about 2 weeks. Please schedule Traveling Trunk Kits at least 2 weeks in advance.

Teachers are responsible for picking up and returning trunk kits.

Call 662-680-4015

Traveling Trunk Kits are not stored at all locations. It may be possible to have kits shuttled to the pickup location of your choice. However, please allow up to 3 week additional time for shuttling.

Individual parts of some kits may be borrowed.

Traveling Trunk Kits may be picked up at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Centers at:

Mount Locust: milepost 15.5, near Natchez, MS

Parkway Information Cabin: milepost 102.4, near Ridgeland, MS

Parkway Visitor Center: milepost 266, near Tupelo, MS

Meriwether Lewis Campground: No kits are stored at this location, but it may be possible to arrange for week-end pickup. Call 662-680-4015 for more information.

 

Life Sciences Kit (whole kit or individual items may be checked out)

Storage Location: Tupelo, MS

Item

Number of Pieces

Mammal Furs: red fox, gray fox, deer, opossum, coyote, raccoon, skunk, beaver, rabbit (others may be available upon request)

1 each

Animals replica skulls: opossum, bobcat, fox, raccoon, coyote, skunk, heron, turkey, owl (others may be available upon request)

1 each

Reptile: snake skeleton display, turtle skeleton, large snake skin

1 each

Amphibian: stuffed frog mount, 2 plastic salamanders (see Swamp Kit for more items that may be available)

1

Fur piece matching game (fur pieces & laminated pictures)

8 sets

Dichotomous plant key chart (with samples)

2

Set of leaf stamps and inked stamp pads (graphic shapes)

1 set

Set of leaf stamps and inked stamp pads (realistic shape and sizes)

1 set

Binoculars

7

Hand held magnifiers

20

Lesson plan folder

1



 

Swamp Kit

Storage Location: Ridgeland, MS

Item

Number of Pieces

Hand held magnifiers

15

Tasco binoculars

12

Magnifier boxes

8

Cylinder magnifier container

1

Goliath frog skull

1

Acrylic mount frog life cycle

1

Note pads

(36)

Water Cycle poster

(1)

Frog Life Cycle figure packs

10

Frog Life Cycle magnetics

1

Book: Marshes & Swamps

1

Food Chain Cards

1

Book: One Small Square Swamp

1

Freshwater Life Card Game

1

Wetlands, Marshes & Swamps, DVD

1

Conserving America The Wetlands DVD

1

Reduce Runoff: EPA DVD

1

Lesson plan folder

1



 

Salamander Story Kit

Storage Location: Ridgeland, MS and Tupelo, MS

Item

Number of Pieces

Big Night for Salamanders book

1

Plastic model salamanders

3

Finger puppet spotted salamander

1

Lesson plan folder

1



 

Stream Study Kit

Storage Location: Tupelo, MS

Items for both elementary and high school

Number of Pieces

Large Sampling Nets

6

1 ½ inch magnifier bug boxes

12

LaMotte World Water Monitoring day kits (includes all items necessary to sample and test, turbidity, pH, and dissolved oxygen

6

MacroMania invertebrate card game study

1

Insect Life Cycle & Habitat Flash cards set and manual

1

Dragon fly metamorphosis acrylic block display

1

Aquatic Insect mount display

1

Lesson plan folder

1

Items for high school only

Number of Pieces

Dissolved oxygen meter

1

pH meter

1

Magnetic stirrer

1

Sampling bottles

30

Solutions kit for use with samples and meters

1

Lesson plan folder

1



 

American Indian Kit (whole kit or individual items may be borrowed)

Storage Location: Tupelo, MS

Item

Number of Pieces

Replica Mississippian Pottery pieces

2

10 sets of plastic "artifakes" for CSI lesson plan

1 or 2

Chickasaw language story kit (book and props)

1

Choctaw Story DVD and lesson

1

Set of 7 Chickasaw comic books and lesson plan

1 set

Lesson plan folder

1



 

Travelers of the Old Trace: Boatman Kit

Storage Locations: Ridgeland, MS and Tupelo, MS

Item (one of each)

Men's Shoes with shoe buckles

Women's Shoes with shoe buckles

Boy's Knee Breeches-small

Boy's Knee Breeches-large

Boy's Shirt- small

Boy's Shirt- large

Girl's Mob cap- small

Girl's Mob cap- large

Girl's Bodice- small

Girl's Bodice- large

Girl's Chemise-small

Girl's Chemise- large

Girl's Apron- small

Girl's Apron- large

Girl's Cape

Wool Hat

Wool Blanket

Pieces of eight (coins)

Gold Guinea ( coin)

Powder horn

Brick of tea

Wooden Canteen

Tin Plate

Tin Cup

Wooden Spoon

Horn Spoon

Canvas storage bag

Pack basket

Canvas back pack

Canvas dish bag

Fire Starting kit (striker, char cloth, flint, jute)

Lantern

Journal

Cloth Doll

Toy soldiers

Clay Marbles in pouch

Haversack

Pockets

Compass

Bonnet

Lesson Plan Folder



 

This project was financed in part by the National Park Service's CONNECT TRAILS TO PARKS program, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System in 2018. The Stream Kit and parts of other kits were funded by a National Park Foundation, Park Stewards grant.

Did You Know?

The Tennessee River along the Natchez Trace Parkway

George Colbert operated a stand and ferry to cross the Tennessee River and is rumored to have charged Andrew Jackson $75,000 to ferry his army across the river.