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Green Wilma is missing!
This lesson is designed to be used after students have been exposed to animal classification, especially the characteristics of amphibians. Reading Green Wilma by Tedd Arnold and inviting students to respond through art and written expression is a good use of integration.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Science)
By Emily Rothrock.
Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve
Discover local biodiversity and natural heritage through hands-on experiences in the natural world.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
North Carolina Estuarium
Students can visit the North Carolina Estuarium and learn about the plants and animals that inhabit an estuary.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
McDowell Nature Center and Nature Preserve
Discover local biodiversity and natural heritage through hands-on experiences in the natural world.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
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.
Medoc Mountain State Park
Learn about the ancient mountain range that was once in this area and the forces that wore it down to what is seen today when you visit Medoc Mountain State Park.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Pied-billed grebe
Pied-billed grebe
The pied-billed grebe is a small water bird that feeds on fish, amphibians, and insects.
Format: image/article
The Pit
The Pit is a game that can be played to review any topic. It matches picture game cards to target vocabulary on a game board. This particular lesson focuses on classification of animals.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Development and Science)
By Eileen Carter and Tracey Casto.
Merchants Millpond State Park
The 760-acre millpond is more than 190 years old and has developed into complex, mature ecosystems. Students will learn about the diverse habitats and wildlife that live here when they visit the park.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Pickerel frog call
The call is a short, rough snore with little carrying power.
Format: audio
Bullfrog call
The bullfrog's call has been described as a deep bass "gr-rum" or "jug-o-rum."
Format: audio
Merchants Millpond State Park
Merchants Millpond State Park
Lassiter Swamp at Merchant's Millpond State Park, in the northeastern corner of North Carolina. One of North Carolina's rarest ecological communities, Merchants Millpond State Park is a unique mingling of coastal pond and southern swamp forest. A variety of...
Format: image/photograph
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.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Wood frog call
The wood frog's breeding call resembles the feeding chuckle of a duck and has little carrying power.
Format: audio
Spring peeper call
The clear, piping whistle of the spring peeper can be heard at night in the springtime.
Format: audio
Clark Park Nature Center
A natural habitat for deer, turkey and other wildlife, the Clark Park Nature Center provides an environmental educational experience for students.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Camp Don Lee
Check out the programs available to classroom students at this beautiful camp located near Arapahoe, North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Lake Crabtree County Park
This park includes wetland areas, a floodplain forest, and various creeks. Environmental programs for school groups are available.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Lilypads in an estuary at the North Carolina Estuarium
Lilypads in an  estuary at the North Carolina Estuarium
Lilypads cover the water under a boardwalk at the North Carolina Estuarium in Washington, North Carolina. This is an active estuary, and the Estuarium works to preserve it and the flora and fauna present. An estuary is formed where fresh water and salt water...
Format: image/photograph
Natural Science Center of Greensboro
Features hands-on exhibits, a zoo, and a planetarium as well as a dinosaur exhibit and a Gem and Mineral Gallery.
Format: article/field trip opportunity