The park's high school programs use park resources to enhance classroom learning by giving students an opportunity to make real-world connections with the environment. Rangers will work with you to plan a program that meets your curriculum needs. Please e-mail the education staff or call (865) 436-1258 for more information or to discuss program options.
Tennessee High School
The Great Smoky Mountains are known as the "Salamander Capital of the World" as they are an especially abundant and diverse group in the Great Smokies. There are 30 species of salamanders within the boundaries of the Park. Since these salamanders breathe through their skin they are more susceptible to water and air pollution and can be used as bioindicators. Many species aren't active year round which also gives us valuable phenology data that may shift with a changing climage. During this study students will work in groups inventorying and monitoring many of the salamanders found in the park.
Tennessee State Standards:
Embedded Inquiry: 3210.1, 3210.2, 3210.3, 3210.5
Embedded Inquiry: 3216.1, 3216.2, 3216.3
Embedded Inquiry: 3260.1, 3260.3, 3260.5, 3260.6, 3260.7
Embedded Inquiry: 3255.1, 3255.2, 3255.3, 3255.5
When most students imagine national parks and nature in general they probably think of large, charismatic animals such as bears and deer. Although these animals are important parts of the ecosystem, there are many other pieces that we often overlook. Tradigrades and other microorganisms are some of the most numerous and most biodiverse organisms on Earth. This unit explores the biodiversity and ecologic role of these fascinating microscopic organisms. During the study students will be introduced to the process of identifying lichens and isolating resident tardigrades, rotifers and other microscopic organisms.
Location: Twin Creeks Science and Education Center
Tennessee State Standards
Embedded Inquiry: 3210.1, 3210.2, 3210.3, 3210.4, 3210.5
Biology IIEmbedded Inquiry: 3216.1, 3216.3, 3216.4, 3216.5, 3216.6, 3216.7
Biodiversity and Change: 3216.5.1, 3216.5.3, 3216.5.5
Comparative Anatomy and Physiology: 3216.6.1
Embedded Inquiry: 3255.1, 3255.2, 3255.3, 3255.5, 3255.5
Communities: 3255.3.1, 3255.3.2, 3255.3.4, 3255.3.5