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Using a Venn diagram to illustrate that bears and humans are both mammals.
Students use their collected information on bears to compare them to humans through a Venn diagram, as preparation for an introduction to mammals.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Mathematics and Science)
By Susan Lovett.
Rowan County Nature and Learning Center
Birds of prey, mammals, and reptiles can be seen at the Nature Center Complex. For younger children there is a petting zoo.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Sperm whale
Sperm whale
Format: image/photograph
Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center
Offers a selection of informative, interactive and experientially-based programs in outdoor and environmental education.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
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.
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
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.
Feathers, fins, fur, scales, and skin
Using observation, students will identify animal groups by their appearance. The students will move through animal centers looking for similarities and differences of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Science)
Wrack line
In Cape Fear estuaries: From river to sea, page 8
Moving over to the east bank of the river, we can follow River Road to the River Road Park, the site of the fishing pier you saw at the start of this tour. The photo here shows a tangled mat of Spartina debris washed ashore by a storm....
By Steve Keith.
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
The forests of the Blue Ridge Mountains
In Elevations and forest types along the Blue Ridge Parkway, page 1
The relationship between elevation and forest types is one of the most striking features of the ecology of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The major determinent of this relationship is climate: Average temperatures in the Blue Ridge decline about 5.5 degrees Fahrenheit...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
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
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
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
Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge
Located in Anson and Richmond counties of North Carolina, the diversity of habitats and management programs supports a broad range of wildlife species, including over 168 birds, 49 amphibians and reptiles, 28 mammals, and 20 fish species.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
San-Lee Environmental Education & Recreation Park
This park has a nature center with native, non-releasable and rehabilitating wildlife and staff to answer students' questions.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
A lemur at the Duke Lemur Center in Durham, NC
A lemur at the Duke Lemur Center in Durham, NC
This is a lemur at the Duke Lemur Center in Durham, North Carolina.
Format: image/photograph
Piedmont Environmental Center
The Center provides programs and a place for people to learn, conserve, and enjoy the natural world through hands-on experiences.
Format: article/field trip opportunity