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Bringing the Blue Ridge Parkway Into the Classroom

A sequential, curriculum-based program addressing specified curriculum standards for North Carolina and Virginia schools. All programs are free-of-charge and scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for a Parks-As-Classrooms program and have a ranger in your classroom, call the coordinator for your area at the number below.

  • To contact the Coordinator for Ashe, Alleghany, Surry, and Wilkes counties in North Carolina please call 276-236-5309 ext. 111
  • To contact the Coordinator for Roanoke City, Salem City, and Roanoke and Franklin counties in Virginia please call 540-767-2490, ext 37

Noticing Nature
Using each of our five senses, we’ll closely examine some of the living and non-living things you can find protected along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
NC Science COS 3.02, 3.03, 3.04
VA Science SOL K.1, K.2, K.4

Habitat Hunt
First Grade

Home is where your habitat is! We’ll learn the four basic things we all need to survive and how the Blue Ridge Parkway keeps many living things happy in their habitats.
NC Science COS 1.01, 1.02, 1.03, 1.04, 1.05
VA Science SOL 1.1, 1.4, 1.5, 1.8

From Beginning to End
Second Grade

Plants, animals, and places are always changing. We’ll compare plant and animal life cycles and explore connections found among the plants, animals, and places of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
NC Science COS 1.01, 1.02, 1.03, 1.04,
VA Science SOL 2.1, 2.4, 2.7

Survival Tactics
Third Grade VA, Fourth Grade NC

Plants and animals share habitats and need strategies to survive. How do the living things found in the Park use physical and behavioral adaptations in their daily survival?
Third Grade VA Science SOL 3.4, 3.5, 3.10
Fourth Grade NC Life Science 4.L.1

Where the Hearth Is
Third Grade NC

Explore the individual’s role in the family and communities of the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina.
NC SS COS 2.01, 2.02, 2.03, 3.01, 3.02, 3.03

Memories of a Mountain
Fourth Grade
If these mountains could talk, they’d speak of the many changes they’ve seen. From seasonal communities to high-tech cities, how has the physical landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains determined who lives here and how the land is used?
VA Social Studies SOL VS.1, VS.2, VS.6
VA Science Sol 4.9
NC Social Studies COS 1.01, 1.02, 1.03, 1.04, 1.05, 3.04

We’re All Connected
Fifth Grade NC, Fourth Grade
Everything is a part of everything. We’ll examine interactions among living and non-living parts of the environment and look at how energy flows through some Blue Ridge Parkway ecosystems.
NC Science COS 1.02, 1.03, 1.05, 1.06
VA Science SOL 4.1, 4.5

Nothing Stays the Same
Fifth Grade VA

Look Outside! The Earth’s surface is constantly changing in big and small ways. We’ll look at the geology of the Blue Ridge Parkway to understand how it affects what you’ll find living here today.
VA Science SOL 5.1, 5.7


Last updated: August 17, 2017

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Asheville, NC 28803


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