K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

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  • Jockey's Ridge State Park: Experience a world of the shifting sands and a barren, desert environment as well as an estuarine environment of the tidal waters of the Roanoke Sound at Jockey's Ridge State Park in Nags Head, North Carolina.
  • Goose Creek State Park: Located six miles from historic Bath, Goose Creek State Park provides educational opportunities for K-12 students in the flora and fauna of the area.
  • Stone Mountain State Park: This park not only allows enjoying the beauty of the area but also provides instruction in basic geologic concepts.

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The Lumber River is the only North Carolina black-water river to earn federal designation as a national wild and scenic river. The area offers excellent wildlife viewing and a "taste of natural communities unique to blackwater streams, such as a cypress gum swamp and pine savannah." The extensive swamp forests along the Lumber River provide excellent habitat for river otter, waterfowl, and migratory songbirds.

Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Lumber River State Park. To arrange a special exploration of the park for your group or class, contact the park office at (910) 628-9844 or send email to lumber.river@ncmail.net.

The North Carolina State Parks website offers a search feature for finding the plants and animals that can be found at each state park. Using the drop-down menus, you can choose a park and either an amphibian, bird, reptile, mammal, fungus, insect, or vascular plant. You can search within each group by family, scientific name, or common name. There are photographs from the state parks and fun facts for some of the species.

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