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North Carolina thinking skills
Model of thinking skills adopted by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in 1994. Lists seven levels of thinking skills from simplest to most complex: knowledge, organizing, applying, analyzing, generating, integrating, and evaluating.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction administers the policies adopted by the State Board of Education and offers instructional, financial, technological, and personnel support to all public school systems in the state.

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The unique beauty of the Roan Highlands
In Roan Mountain Highlands, page 1
The natural beauty of the Roan Mountain Highlands has been recognized since they were first visited by Europeans in the eighteenth century. The first naturalist to report on this site was John Fraser (for whom the Fraser fir is named) in 1787. Other reports...
By Dirk Frankenberg and Jennifer Godwin-Wyer.
Bald Head Island Conservancy
Plan a visit the Bald Head Island Conservancy complex where you'll learn about coastal ecology and discover Cape Fear.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Nags Head Woods
Visit this complex maritime forest ecosystem tucked away on the Outer Banks in Nags Head, North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Nonnative grasses at Run Hill Dune
In Natural and human impacts on the northern Outer Banks, page 8
The Run Hill Dune is owned by the Nature Conservancy, and few attempts have been made to stop or slow its migration. This is largely because the dune is migrating over undeveloped portions of Nags Head Woods and thus poses no threat to major economic interests....
By Blair Tormey and Dirk Frankenberg.
A trail through Nags Head Woods
A trail through Nags Head Woods
This is a trail through Nags Head Woods. One of the best examples of a mid-Atlantic maritime forest with deciduous hardwoods, Nags Head Woods has trees that are up to five hundred years old. There are dunes, interdune ponds, and wetlands. The preserve has...
Format: image/photograph
Roan Mountain Highlands
This Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations “virtual field trip” explores the natural beauty and geological and ecological diversity of the Roan Mountain Highlands that straddle the border between North Carolina and Tennesee.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
North Fork of the New River in Bridal Cove, North Carolina
North Fork of the New River in Bridal Cove, North Carolina
This is the North Fork of the New River in Bridal Cove, North Carolina. The green foliage of the trees bordering the water is reflected in the rippling river as it snakes around rocks. Much of the area around the Bridal Cove area is protected by conservation...
Format: image/photograph
Plant and animal species in Nags Head Woods
In Natural and human impacts on the northern Outer Banks, page 3
A short walk along the trails of the Nature Conservancy gives a spectacular glimpse of the great diversity of this barrier island maritime forest. Nags Head Woods is home to more than 300 species of plants, including eleven species of oak, ten ferns, three...
By Blair Tormey and Dirk Frankenberg.
Hugh Morton and North Carolina's native plants
In Recent North Carolina, page 4.10
Hugh Morton took many photographs over his long life, and a large number of them are of natural scenes, wildlife, wildflowers, and trees. To those who knew Hugh from the more public and traditionally newsworthy of his activities and interests, his nature photographs...
Format: essay
By Alan S. Weakley.
Grandfather Mountain: Commerce and tourism in the Appalachian environment
In Recent North Carolina, page 4.11
For more than fifty years, Hugh Morton and Grandfather Mountain were all but synonymous. Grandfather has existed as a peak in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains for millions of years, and Morton was more than simply the mountain’s owner; he was also...
Format: essay
By Drew A. Swanson.
An integrated lesson comparing the butterfly and frog life cycles
Students will build on their prior knowledge about the butterfly life cycle to compare and contrast the life cycles of butterflies and frogs. Students will locate butterflies on the school grounds and create pictographs and models of fractions to explain their findings mathematically. Students will also use a variety of resources to read about and study the food, space and air needed by butterflies and frogs to grow. They will create visual and written products to demonstrate their findings.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Mathematics and Science)
By Martha Dobson and Margaret Monds.

Resources on the web

The Nature Conservancy
Find detailed information for more than 50 of the places The Nature Conservancy protects in North Carolina including the Currituck Outer Banks, Celo Knob, the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, and Raven Rock State Park. Also learn about invasive species... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Nature Conservancy