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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Elevations and forest types along the Blue Ridge Parkway
A Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations “virtual field trip” that explores the great diversity of forests in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
North Carolina's lonely mountains
In Lonely mountains: The monadnocks of the inner Piedmont, page 1
One of the most striking sights on North Carolina's inner Piedmont is the solitary peaks or ridges that loom above the plateau's average elevation. Some of these are among the state's most visited parks: Hanging Rock, Pilot Mountain, Crowders Mountain, Stone...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Journey to the top of the world: Climbing Mount Everest
This slideshow tells the story of a North Carolina adventurer's ascent of Mount Everest in photos, video, and text, including excerpts from his journal.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Lonely mountains: The monadnocks of the inner Piedmont
This Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations “virtual field trip” explores the geology of North Carolina's monadnocks, mountains that rise individually above the surrounding topogaphy.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Into the countryside
In The Ramayana, page 7.2
Emerald Buddha Temple mural painting of a landscape with mountains, trees, fields, and river. Boulders and small mountains rest in the center of the scene, while a river, rectangular crop fields, and more mountains are visible in the background. Leafy trees...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Bull Mountain, Virginia
Bull Mountain, Virginia
Bull Mountain, in Patrick County, Virginia, seen from a distance.
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Piedmont sands and clays
In Clays of the Piedmont: Origins, recovery, and use, page 10.10
North Carolina's landmass has twice been subjected to major bouts of mountain building followed by erosion. The mountain building events have been described in another field trip in this series, the Roan Mountain Highlands. The remnants of the erosion of these...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
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.
Jocassee Gorges: Temperate rain forests of the Blue Ridge
A Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations “virtual field trip” that explores the geology and botanical diversity of the Jocassee Gorges region of North Carolina's mountains.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
View from Black Mountain ridge
View from Black Mountain ridge
Photograph from the top of a ridge in the Black Mountains, taken at Mount Mitchell State Park. The Black Mountains — the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River — are part of the Blue Ridge mountain chain, and are a subrange of the Appalachians....
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Pine Trees in South Mountains State Park
Pine Trees in South Mountains State Park
These are pine trees lit by the sunset in South Mountains State Park. South Mountains State Park is the largest in North Carolina at 17,000 acres.
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Mountain Farm Museum
Historic buildings, farm animals, and demonstrations can be seen at the Smoky Mountains National Park Mountian Farm Museum.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
An attendant on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
An attendant on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
An attendant on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad watches a field roll past outside the window of a train car. Retired citizens in the area work as attendants for the railroad. The train trip offers tunnels and view of river gorges and mountains.
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Sauratown Mountains
In Lonely mountains: The monadnocks of the inner Piedmont, page 4
One of the best places to see real monadnocks in North Carolina's Piedmont is in the Sauratown Mountains north of Winston-Salem in Stokes and Surrey counties. Here are pinnacles and two high ridges that stretch west southwest from Hanging Rock and include...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Mountains-to-Sea marker
Mountains-to-Sea marker
A wooden signpost at Craggy Gardens on the Blue Ridge Parkway labels the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
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Forested foothills and mountains rising behind crop fields near Ninh Binh
Forested foothills and mountains rising behind crop fields near Ninh Binh
Forested foothills and mountains rise behind crop fields near Ninh Binh. Behind the canal in the foreground is a planted field. A coconut palm tree is visible at the center. Fog or humid air envelops the mountains in the background.
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Panorama of the Sauratown Mountains
Panorama of the Sauratown Mountains
This is a panorama of the Sauratown, or Saura, Mountains in Stokes and Surry Counties. Though the overall elevation of both counties is fairly low, the Sauratown Mountains cut through both counties and dominate the landscape, rising up to 1,700 feet above...
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Mountain view in Gorges State Park
Mountain view in Gorges State Park
A view of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Jocassee Gorges region.
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Shinny Creek in South Mountains State Park
Shinny Creek in South Mountains State Park
This is Shinny Creek in South Mountains State Park. South Mountains State Park is located in Burke County. It is the largest state park in North Carolina at 17,000 acres.
Format: image/photograph
Trail marker on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail
Trail marker on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail
A wooden marker labeled "MST" marks the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in the western part of North Carolina.
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