K-5th Environmental Education Curriculum
Students interact with a park ranger during a one-hour classroom visit that features a series of participatory learning opportunities. Students associate a park ranger visit (and their visits to a park) with a fun learning experience. Kindergarten students learn about parks, First graders learn about habitats, second graders learn about adaptations, and third graders learn about ecosystems. The fourth grade topic is West Virginia heritage and the fifth grade is responsible action.
All classes and grade levels at the school participate in the program, with each presentation building on previous classroom visits. Curriculum materials and supplies are furnished by the park. The park Environmental Education Specialist contacts participating schools in advance to schedule program dates and times.
1. Explore nature's habitats, communities, and ecosystems as well as plant and animal interactions and adaptations
2. Learn about the people, places, and rich cultural heritage of the New River Gorge region
3. Discover ways to join the National Park Service in protecting the natural and cultural resources of national parks
WV Content Standards met:
Science - SC.K.2.1, SC.K.2.2, SC.K.3.1, SC.K.4.1, SC.K.4.3, SC.1.2.1, SC.1.2.2, SC.1.3.1, SC.1.3.2, SC.1.4.2, SC.1.4.4, SC.2.2.1, SC.2.3.1, SC.2.3.2, SC.2.3.3, SC.2.4.2, SC.2.4.5, SC.2.6.2, SC.3.3.1, SC.3.3.2, SC.3.4.4, SC.3.6.3
Social Studies - SS.K.3.6, SS.3.4.6, SS.3.4.7, SS.4.4.3, SS.4.4.9, SS.4.5.2, SS.4.5.5, SS.4.5.6, SS.5.3.5, SS.5.4.11, SS.5.5.3, SS.5.5.4
Did You Know?
The New River Gorge was logged extensively thoughout the past century. The landscape is now recovering, with the park ecosystem returning to its more natural state, but there are still plenty of signs of the past activities.