Lesson Plan

Talk about the Trail

Cypress Swamp on the NTP
Cypress Swamp, Milepost 122

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Grade Level:
Third Grade
Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants
Field Trip and 1 class period
Group Size:
Up to 36
National/State Standards:
Language Arts: 3, 3b, 4
creative writing, nature, trails


The students may do this as a part of an extended field trip to the Natchez Trace Parkway. The students will walk on a short trail like the Cypress Swamp. The students will write about and illustrate an element of their experience using the attached prompt sheet.


Enduring Understanding: Writing and speaking are means of communication used in all areas of life.

Essential Question: What would life have been like on the Trace 200 years ago?

The students will:

1.) Learn to use descriptive words for the natural surroundings

2.) Draw a picture and write a paragraph


When travelers used the old trace trail, they encountered numerous natural obstacles such as snakes, bears as well as hunger and fatigue. The most common threat however, would have been natural barriers and the weather, especially heavy rains that caused floods. Taking the students to Cypress Swamp will help them understand what the early travelers encountered.


1.) Worksheet

2.) Pencils/crayons



Quality of text composition.

Park Connections

The students will explore part of the Natchez Trace Parkway to better understand its history.


For a ranger led interpretive program on the boatmen of the Natchez Trace Parkway, call 662-680-4027 or 1-800-305-7417 for information.

Last updated: January 10, 2018