New River State Park
Visit New River State Park and discover its unspoiled beauty as well as the flora and fauna of the area.
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Rugged hillsides, pastoral meadows and bucolic farmlands surround what is believed to be the oldest river in North America - the New River. Its waters are slow and placid. Its banks are fertile and covered with wildflowers. Dedicated as a National Scenic River in 1976, this gentle river is the centerpiece of New River State Park.
Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about New River State Park. To arrange a special exploration of New River State Park for your group or class, contact the park office. Educational materials about New River State Park have been developed for grades 6-8 and are correlated to North Carolina’s competency-based curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts. The New River program focuses on basic river ecology and the aspects of the New River that make it unique. Accompanying the program is a teacher’s booklet and workshop, free of charge to educators. Call (336) 982-2587 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a visit.
Each state park and recreation area has an EELE (environmental education learning experience) curriculum guide that includes on-site activities, pre- and post-visit activities, student information pages, worksheets, fact sheets, vocabulary, and references. You can receive a free copy of an EELE by attending its corresponding workshop at a park, or you can borrow these guides through interlibrary loan at any public library in North Carolina. The EELE for New River State Park is "The Old New River" for grades 6, 7, and 8.
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.View Larger Map