• sun setting over the gorge

    New River Gorge

    National River West Virginia

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National Parks

river with fall colors
Gary Hartley
Program Description
Students learn about cause and effect, and through role play, they make choices. Students understand that an individual can make a difference. Students discuss ways that they can take care of the world around them.

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

Grade Level:

Program Length:
1 hour

Our Parks, Our Environment

Our actions and choices directly affect our National Parks and the environment.

Instructional Objectives:
1. Explain why national parks are developed and important
2. Name a national park site and what it protects
3. Name three ways that they, as students, can take care of parks and the environment as a whole


WV Content Standards met:

SC.5.6.1 - use scientific reasoning and the knowledge of science and technology to make informed personal decisions at the local and global levels.
SC.5.6.3 - critically analyze the effects and impacts of science and technology on global and local problems (e.g., mining, manufacturing, recycling, farming, water quality).

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.