• sun setting over the gorge

    New River Gorge

    National River West Virginia

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Early Settlers in the New River Gorge Region

Program Description

Students become a pioneer family to learn what they need and how to survive as new settlers in the New River Gorge region. Some students will dress in period clothing.

Available to schools in:Greenbrier, Monroe, Raleigh & Summers counties

Grade Level: 4th

Program Length: 1 hour

Early settlers are part of our history.

Instructional Objectives:

1. Describe where early settlers came from and how they traveled to West Virginia

2. List three ways that early settlers lived in the New River Gorge

3. State one way he or she can preserve our cultural heritage

Pre-visit activities are:
Post-visit activities are:

History/Social Sciences

WV Content Standards met:
History/Social Sciences - SS.4.4.3, SS.4.5.2, SS.4.5.5, SS4.5.6

Did You Know?

View of Claypool Falls

The many tributaries of the New River Gorge provide an abundance of cascades and waterfalls on their descent to the New River.