• sun setting over the gorge

    New River Gorge

    National River West Virginia


Louise McLaughlin

Program Description:
Students learn that the area where a living thing finds food, water, and shelter is its habitat. Students understand that to protect wildlife, we must protect habitat. Students listen to The Salamander Room; they visualize what an animal needs to survive. Students explore habitats using animal puppets and enjoy other participatory activities, which the park ranger has chosen to effectively meet the objectives of the presentation.

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

Grade Level:

Program Length:
1 hour

Park land is important plant and animal habitat.

Instructional Objectives:

1. Define habitat and identify why habitats are important

2. Name an animal or plant that lives in New River Gorge National River and describe its habitat needs

3. State one thing he or she can do to protect animal habitats


WV Content Standards met:
English/Language Arts - RLA.1.3.1, RLA.1.3.2
Science/Technology - SC.1.2.1, SC.1.2.2, SC.1.3.1, SC.1.3.2, SC.1.4.2, SC.1.4.4

Did You Know?

smallmouth bass

The New River is a very popular warm water fishery. The West Virginia state record for length of Smallmouth Bass - 25.5 inches and 7.5 lbs - was caught in the New River in 1976.