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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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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
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
Fontana Dam
Learn about the history of the Tennessee Valley Authority and hydroelectric power at Fontana Dam.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Trees in your own backyard
This activity lets students discover the benefits of urban forests by looking at trees on the schoolyard. Students will read a synopsis of the 400-year history of communal forests, survey their schoolyard trees, and draft a schoolyard tree ordinance.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–10 Social Studies)
By Lucy Laffitte.
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
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
Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
Discover the plants and animals as well as rocks and minerals that can be found at this state park in Ashe County.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Crowders Mountain State Park
Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Crowders Mountain State Park while learning about the geologic formation of the mountain and the flora and fauna that are found there.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Sound to Sea Environmental Education Program
Learn about the interconnectedness of man and nature and explore complex ecosystems at this camp and conference center located on North Carolina's Outer Banks.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Focus on Planet Earth
LEARN NC has developed a resource guide of interactive websites, integrated lesson plans, idea-generating articles, and inspiring field trips to help you incorporate environmental themes in your classroom, school, and community.
Format: bibliography/help
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Provides information about the conservation of coastal birds in this area as well as background information about the Cape Hatteras, Bodie Island, and Ocracoke Island lighthouses.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve
A visit to the Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve gives insight into the uses of the land from prehistoric times to the end of the twentieth century. Students can explore trails and learn about the plants and animals that are found there as well as the importance of protecting nature and our natural resources.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
National Estuarine Research Reserve Systems - The Rachel Carson Component
Located in one of North Carolina's fastest growing areas, the Rachel Carson site is a center of marine research and education. The reserve is a diverse and productive estuarine system for birds, mammals, and fish.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
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.

Format: article/field trip opportunity
North Carolina history: Grade 4 educator's guide
This educator's guide provides teaching suggestions designed to facilitate using the digital North Carolina history textbook with fourth-grade students.
Format: (multiple pages)
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
The lost landscape of the Piedmont
In Prehistory, contact, and the Lost Colony, page 5.5
The Piedmont region of North Carolina is unrecognizable compared to the landscape of 400 years ago. Where man-made lakes now sit were huge bottomland forests. While pine trees accounted for only a small percentage of Piedmont acreage, they now dominate the region's forests -- a result of clearing hardwoods to create farmland. Other once-prominent landscapes include areas of grassland known as “Piedmont prairie,” and upland depression swamps where the clay soils often kept moisture on the land’s surface.
Format: article/primary source
Development and flooding: Is there a connection?
In this lesson, students will take their knowledge about the hydrosphere and apply it to the issue of population growth and development. In particular, students will learn how increasing development in eastern North Carolina may have worsened the effects of flooding from Hurricane Floyd due to lack of soil and tree absorption of run-off. Students will create their own development plans for North Carolina in small groups, explaining how their plan will benefit North Carolina’s water resources and environment.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Science)
Hammocks Beach State Park
A visit to Hammocks Beach State Parks allows students to explore several different ecosystems - estuaries, maritime forest, and desert.
Format: article/field trip opportunity