Field Studies and Hands-On Learning
Students learn about their local natural and built environments through guided first-hand investigation.
- Classrooms use a variety of simple hands-on projects and field trips at least once each semester.
- Students regularly use presentations and projects to demonstrate their knowledge of topics.
- Students study at least one nearby location in depth as part of their class projects.
- Students are exposed to a multiple of first hand experiences, through field trips and complex hands on projects.
- Students compete in a science fair or similar competition.
- Teacher Resources Cradle of Forestry Interpretive Association
- NCSU Natural Learning Initiative Publications
- NC Environmental Literacy Plan (draft)
- Moving the Classroom Outdoors- Herb Broda
- Take a Child Outside Activities - NC Museum of Natural Sciences
- Solar Cooker Lesson Plans & Rubric, Project Scenario & Graph, and Solar Oven Project - Middle School
- You are an earthworm - Grade 6 - Learn NC
- Nephelococcygia- Cloud Watching - Grade 2 - Learn NC
- Observing Connections Series - Grades 4-5 Visual Arts Education - Learn NC
- Who has seen the wind? Harnessing alternative energy - Grades 9-12 Learn NC
- How do you spend your time? High school - National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Schools and Camps
- Green River Preserve, a co-ed summer camp connecting children and nature
- Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center, support for educators, opportunities for high school interns
- Mountain Trail Outdoor School, hands on education in the outdoor classroom of the Blue Ridge Mountains
- Educational State Forests, 7 facilities in the state, educational programs are correlated with NC Essential Standards