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.

Coastal processes and conflicts: North Carolina's Outer Banks
The lessons in this unit allow students to explore the processes affecting North Carolina's Outer Banks and the impact these processes have on daily life there.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Bringing current science into the classroom
Activities for middle and high school on groundwater, water quality, and environmental stewardship have students exploring current environmental research without leaving the classroom.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Inquiry-based exploration of human impacts on stream ecosystems: The Mud Creek case study
This unit plan for high school earth and environmental science explores the impact of human activity on the health of streams in urban and non-urban settings. Students mimic current scientific research by measuring physical, chemical, and biological indicators of stream health.
Format: (multiple pages)
Blue Planet Water Environmental Center
A hands-on environmental education center which focuses on water and waste water treatment.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Sea Grant North Carolina
With a variety of research and outreach programs, this organization provides several educational opportunities for marine science educators including workshops, marine science and environmental education curriculum development, research opportunities and grants, and field trips.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Ocean education and marine environmental education programs providing "hands-on, feet-wet, high-tech" experiences for K-12 students.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Weyerhaeuser's Cool Springs Environmental Education Center
Visit the Weyerhaeuser's Cool Springs Environmental Education Center "where the forest is the classroom" and learn about forestry, wildlife, and environmental issues.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Long Branch Environmental Education Center
This educational center teaches students the importance of recycling, resource conservation, ecological issues, and more.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
A Time for Science Nature and Learning Center
The activities and programs of this nature and science center are tailored to groups learning about ecology, conservation, environmental stewardship, STEM subjects.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Crowder District Park
A variety of recreational and educational activities are available at this county park in Apex, North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Blue Jay Point
Programs offered by Blue Jay Point County Park are specifically geared towards age groups and based on the North Carolina curriculum. Younger students learn about plants and animals of the Piedmont while middle and high school students explore the subjects of ecology, biology, environmental science, and general life sciences.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Recent North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore recent North Carolina (1975–present). Topics include politics, the economy, the environment, natural disasters, and increasing diversity.
Format: book (multiple pages)
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
West Point on the Eno
This park offers environmental and historical programs for K-12 students in beautiful, natural surroundings.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Harris Energy and Environmental Center
Progress Energy's Harris Nuclear Power Plant offers tours of its resource center to educators, organizations, and the general public.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Topics in Science Education
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 3.2
Resources Specific to Science Inquiry Letting Students Ask the Questions — And Answer Them A look at an inquiry-based earth and environmental...
Format: article/teacher's guide
Eastern 4-H Environmental Education Center
Located a few miles outside Columbia, North Carolina, the center provides programming dealing with ecology, ecosystems, and animals and their habitats to area school groups.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
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.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The Science House
Through school demonstration programs, student science camps, teacher workshops and innovative laboratory training, and support projects, the NCSU Science House partners with K-12 teachers to emphasize the use of hands-on learning activities in mathematics and science.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Vulcan Materials Company: Joseph Andres Gutierrez Geology - Earth Science Museum and Education Center
See the museum exhibits on rocks and minerals as well as a rock quarry with large category equipment and an overlook. The center also offers wildlife habitat preservation and environmental education at a number of its quarries across the state.
Format: article/field trip opportunity