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    New River Gorge

    National River West Virginia

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Curriculum-Based Education Programs

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The Park's Educational staff offers a series of in-school curriculum-based, ranger-led educational programs for kindergarten through eighth grade students. These programs are free and available Monday through Friday throughout the school year. Programs are designed to address the West Virginia Content Standards and Objectives.


K-5th Grade Environmental Education Curriculum

This curriculum helps students understand the importance of caring for and protecting the natural history and cultural heritage of New River Gorge National River and the National Park System as a whole.

Available in: Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh & Summers counties

Grade Level: K - 5th (offered as a school wide program with all grades participating)

Water We Can Live With (Water Resource Education Curriculum)

This curriculum is a six-unit program focusing on current and critical issues related to water quality within the New River Watershed with pre- and post-visit activities for each unit.

Available in: Raleigh & Summers counties

Grade Level: 6th - 8th (offered as an entire grade level program with all students participating)

Introduction to a National Park

Students learn to recognize the National Park Service arrowhead and to understand the park ranger to be a person who cares about parks and who cares about them.

Available in: Fayette, Greenbrier, Monroe, Nicholas, Raleigh & Summers counties

Grade Level: K


Habitats

Students learn that the area where a living thing finds food, water, and shelter is its habitat.

Available in: Fayette, Greenbrier, Monroe, Nicholas, Raleigh & Summers counties

Grade Level: 1st

Adaptation, Tools for Survival

Students participate in several hands-on activities that help them to understand the special features that different animals have that helps each to survive.

Available in: Fayette, Greenbrier, Monroe, Nicholas, Raleigh & Summers counties

Grade Level: 2nd

Ecosystems

Students role play the parts of an ecosystem and how the living things interact with each other and with the non-living parts of the ecosystem.

Available in: Fayette, Greenbrier, Monroe, Nicholas, Raleigh & Summers counties

Grade Level: 3rd

West Virginia Heritage

Students role play members of a family that once lived in the New River Gorge to learn past life ways.

Available in: Fayette, Greenbrier, Monroe, Nicholas, Raleigh & Summers counties

Grade Level: 4th

National Parks

Students get involved in small group research to learn about a national park site and what is being protected at that site.

Available in: Fayette, Greenbrier, Monroe, Nicholas, Raleigh & Summers counties

Grade Level: 5th




Did You Know?

Ranger and children at park overlook

Over one million visitors come to New River Gorge National River each year. Park rangers assist visitors and help them better understand the park and the park resources.