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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  • Cape Hatteras Lighthouse: North Carolina's most famous lighthouse is open for tours. Learn about this history of this guardian of the “graveyard of the Atlantic”.
  • Fort Fisher State Recreation Area: The Fort Fisher program introduces students to the habitat and life history of "colonial-nesting coastal birds." The program also focuses on endangered, threatened and special-concern bird species.

  • Carolina Beach State Park: Developed in the late 1960s, this state park preserves the unique environment along the Intracoastal Waterway. The Venus Flytrap and other plant life, the dunes, birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals are all protected in this special place.

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Key resources

Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations
Virtual field trips to areas characterized by both beautiful scenery and useful lessons about North Carolina’s environment. Each trip explores an important feature of North Carolina’s natural heritage. The field trips also examine how humans impact and are in turn impacted by these natural areas. With high-resolution photographs, narrative text, and glossaries, these virtual field trips offer an experience that’s the next best thing to exploring our state on foot with a scientist at your side!
Hurricane Floyd
In September 1999, Hurricane Floyd brought unprecedented floods to eastern North Carolina. Primary sources, background readings, and scientific data examine the causes, impacts, and legacies — both scientific and personal — of this natural disaster.
Inquiry-based exploration of human impacts on stream ecosystems: The Mud Creek case study
A unit study of stream health, in which students compare urban and natural streams using chemical, biological, and physical metrics. Includes instructions for field work as well as sample data and instructions for a classroom-only unit and video demonstrations of laboratory techniques.

Additional resources

Lesson plans

LEARN NC has more than 150 lesson plans for the high school Earth & Environmental Science course from North Carolina educators and trusted partners.

Best practices

More general approaches to teaching environmental science at all grade levels, using inquiry approaches.

Environmental history

Primary sources and background readings from our digital textbook for North Carolina history about the changes humans have brought to the region’s environment and their efforts to protect it.

Field trips

More than a hundred North Carolina field trip opportunities on environmental science and environmental education.

On the web

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