Self-Guided Trip Summary
The following instructions are for groups looking to go on a self-led educational trip to Grandview, a part of the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. Those participating will NOT need to be accompanied by a ranger, though the reservation, pick-up, and return of your supply pack will keep law enforcement aware of your arrival and departure times for safety reasons. Detailed do-it-yourself instructions are included below along with general guidelines for the trip, pre- and post-trip activities, and a preview of the structure of the lesson to be completed during the trip. The curriculum offered covers different aspects of species interactions, invasive species, climate change, ecosystem dynamics, and endangered species preservation. The material below can be modified for third, all the way up to twelfth grade students, and can take one or several hours depending on how many of the activities are completed and how long discussions last. There is no need to complete the whole course during the trip, however it is recommended that you do so. This is a teacher-led field trip with several interactive activities requiring active engagement, walking along non-paved terrain, supplemental materials, measurement taking, and thoughtful discussion. However, each stop along the activity trail requires only minimal set-up. If your group is larger than 25 students, we recommend splitting into two groups and reserving an additional backpack (one backpack per group).
WV Education Standards Covered by Grade
Where to go:
Google maps address: 4700 Grandview Rd, Beaver, WV 25813
To reach Grandview from Beckley follow I-64 East five miles to Exit 129 B. From Lewisburg follow I-64 West forty miles to Exit 129. From either exit, turn right and follow Route 9 north for five miles to Grandview.
What to bring for teachers and students:
Teacher Instructions (this information can also be found at the beginning of the Teacher Packet in your supply pack):
Here are the links to some supplementary videos if you feel your students would benefit from additional exposure to the ideas of climate change and ecosystem interactivity before they come visit the park.
When visiting the park, we ask that:
1. You have one teacher or chaperone for every 10 students and be responsible for maintaining group discipline
2. Participants wear good walking or tennis shoes; NOT flip flops or sandals
3. Participants wear clothing appropriate for daily weather conditions
4. You bring along any student medications and be prepared to administer them
5. Participants bring meals or food if planning to dine at the park, as there are no vendors or vending machines in the park
When you are finished with all of the activities you wish to complete, turn around and go back the way you came. Picnic areas, a playground, and restrooms are located near the visitor’s center, visible from the parking lot.
The ranger can email you grade-appropriate post visit activities.
Last updated: January 27, 2021