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.
Available to schools in: Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh & Summers counties
Grade Level: K – 5th (offered as a school wide program with all grades participating)
Program Length: 1 hour in each classroom
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
Pre-visit activities are: not provided at this time
Post-visit materials are: not provided at this time
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 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.