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Important Announcement about Online Courses and LEARN NC.

Important Message about LEARN NC

LEARN NC is evaluating its role in the current online education environment as it relates directly to the mission of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education (UNC-CH SOE). We plan to look at our ability to facilitate the transmission of the best research coming out of UNC-CH SOE and other campus partners to support classroom teachers across North Carolina. We will begin by evaluating our existing faculty and student involvement with various NC public schools to determine what might be useful to share with you.

Don’t worry! The lesson plans, articles, and textbooks you use and love aren’t going away. They are simply being moved into the new LEARN NC Digital Archive. While we are moving away from a focus on publishing, we know it’s important that educators have access to these kinds of resources. These resources will be preserved on our website for the foreseeable future. That said, we’re directing our resources into our newest efforts, so we won’t be adding to the archive or updating its contents. This means that as the North Carolina Standard Course of Study changes in the future, we won’t be re-aligning resources. Our full-text and tag searches should make it possible for you to find exactly what you need, regardless of standards alignment.

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  • Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education: Students will learn the importance of North Carolina's wildlife resources at this environmental education facility.
  • Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Educational Center: This 4-H Educational Center provides year-round programming, including team-building and environmental education to students in 2nd through 6th grades.
  • Mountain Island Educational State Forest: This State Forest concentrates its programs on best forestry management practices and water quality. Located on Mountain Island Lake, the Forest offers educational opportunities to classroom students.

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Located in Boomer, North Carolina at YMCA Camp Harrison, the The Ecology Center at Herring Ridge was “developed to create an awareness and understanding of our natural environment.” Single day programs for students in 4th through 12th grades promote learning about the natural world. They will learn about environmental concepts in this beautiful 140 acre lake and wetland area. The programs are facilitated by a staff with degrees in biology, conservation, forestry, education, and recreation. The Ecology Center’s premier program is a residential science program for 5th and 6th graders called Planet Herring Ridge. This unique program incorporates environmental science and character education and is designed to meet North Carolina curriculum standards for grades 5 and 6.

At the Center, students will have hands-on experience with the scientific process and work on research-based projects specific to the Brushy Mountains. They will learn about things that they can do everyday to be good stewards to the Earth. Programs topics include water science, forest ecology, and living on the land. Middle and high school students will learn valuable skills while participating in research projects which may include “soil, air and water quality studies, as well as butterfly monitoring in fall and amphibian and reptile monitoring in spring.”

For more information check out the website at www.herringridge.org or contact the environmental education director at 336.921.7035.

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