Lesson Plan

Explore With Your Senses: Field Trip Post-Site Part 2 - Grade K (Tennessee)

Students explore life on a log as part of their Kindergarten field trip in the Smokies.
Students explore life on a log as part of their Kindergarten field trip in the Smokies.

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Grade Level:
Pre-Kindergarten-First Grade
Biodiversity, Environment
30 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 60
National/State Standards:
Embedded Inquiry
• (GLE 0007.Inq.1)
• (GLE 007.T/E.K-2.1)
•(GLE 007.2.2)
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, national park service, web ranger, Junior Ranger


The Great Smoky Mountains are world renowned for their diversity of plant and animal species. This great variety makes the park an exemplary outdoor laboratory for the study of relatively undisturbed native flora, fauna, physical environs, and processes of the Southern Appalachians.

This unit is broken into three parts. The overall unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by one preparation activity and two wrap-up activities.  This is part 2 of the wrap up activity of the unit.


1. Teach students about the various aspects of the National Park Service.


Teachers coming on the accompanying field trip should download our complete field trip packet that includes all of the lessons: Explore With Your Senses Pre-Site Lesson, information and directions about the field trip and Wrap-up part 1 and 2 post site lesson..

Download the full Explore With Your Senses Field Trip packet (includes Preparation and Wrap-up lessons).


This lesson includes instructions on how to become a Web Ranger.


Park Connections

Becoming a junior ranger is a wonderful way to get involved with the park and help protect all the amazing resources of the park.


National Park Service, Junior Ranger

Last updated: April 14, 2015