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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oral history
A method of collecting historical information through recorded interviews with individuals who are willing to share their memories of the past.

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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)
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
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
North Carolina Maritime Museum
Students will learn about the rich maritime history of the North Carolina coast as well as the coastal environment and barrier island ecology.
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
Interstate highways from the ground up
This lesson gives students a first-hand opportunity to hear about the planning and effort it takes to build a highway by through an oral history of a North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) resident engineer.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Columbia Theater Cultural Resources Center
Part of the non-profit Partnership for the Sounds organization, the center provides information on environmental stewardship for coastal 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
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
The environmental justice movement
In Recent North Carolina, page 4.1
In the early 1980s, the environmental justice movement became a national protest that galvanized communities across the country seeking social justice and environmental protection. The initial environmental justice spark sprang from a protest in Warren County, North Carolina.
Format: article
Fontana Dam
Learn about the history of the Tennessee Valley Authority and hydroelectric power at Fontana Dam.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
North Carolina Museum of Forestry
There is a rich history of forestry in North Carolina. Visit the NC Museum of Forestry and connect with our forest natural history and its cultural heritage.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Historic Yates Mill County Park
The centerpiece of this 574-acre historical and environmental park is Yates Mill - Wake County's last remaining gristmill.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Great Smoky Mountains
Environmental educational programs instructed by National Park Rangers and classroom teachers for students in grades K-8.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Roanoke/Cashie River Center
Open Tuesday-Saturday, this is a great place to take students to learn more about the wetlands and the history of the area.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
YMCA Camp Hanes
Offers hands-on classes in environmental education which "encourages cooperation, teamwork, and understanding of ones own abilities and potential."
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science
The estimated 40,000+ artifacts in the collection of the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science relate to the history, science and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Gorges State Park
A new state park, Gorges State Park is in the interim stages of development. Although the facilities are limited, Park Rangers offer programs by request.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Haw River Festival Learning Celebration
Don't miss this fun and informative festival celebrating the Haw River, its history, and the creatures that live there.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
YMCA Camp Thunderbird
Provides environmental education programs to North and South Carolina K-12 students in bird study, fish dissection, orienteering and forest ecology.
Format: article/field trip opportunity