The A.T. is Your Virtual Classroom

A.T. Ed-Venture Series

Join the ATC on an amazing virtual A.T. Ed-Venture Series, created for young people but engaging for all ages. Starting in Georgia and traveling all the way north to Maine, each session is led by environmental educators providing exciting content across diverse disciplines that connect curriculum and students to the Appalachian Trail. These interactive sessions will be hosted live via Zoom, and then published to YouTube for access at any time. They will take place on the first and third Wednesdays of every month August 2020 through March 2021 at 4:00 pm.

Each session will have two instructors, typically one formal educator and one community, Trail club, or agency partner. These interactive live sessions will include approximately 45 minutes of lesson time and then allow participants to ask questions to the teachers about the content or more personally about their career paths. Content is variable based on the educator’s expertise, discipline, focus, and interest.

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Ed-Venture Series is supported by the National Park Service.

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Tennessee: Botany and Blossom in Tennessee

Age: Grades 6-9
Discipline: Biology
Description: Noah (Botany) and Kayla (Blossom) will share with students their favorite hobby from their thru hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2014 -- plant identification. Botany will introduce students to some of the flora that can be found along the Tennessee section of the Appalachian Trail as well as how to use a dichotomous key. Blossom will focus on the importance of giving back to public lands for future generations as well as teach students how to remember all 7 Leave No Trace Principles.

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North Carolinia: Legends and Language of Cherokee around the Great Smoky Mountains

Age: All ages
Discipline: Geography, Civics, History, Social Studies
Description: Join Gil Jackson and Natrieifia Miller on a journey into the legends of place names, origins of disease, plants, and animals from the Eastern Band of Cherokee lands. Gil provides pronunciations and instruction of the Cherokee language, and stories of animals and bugs in and around what is now the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Georgia: Rattlesnake Biology, Snake Safety, and the Chemistry of Snake Bites.

Age: Grades 8-12
Discipline: Chemistry and Biology
Description: Dr. Chris Jenkins and high school chemistry teacher Nicole Ager, will introduce you to the types of rattlesnakes along the A.T. and the interesting chemistry behind their venomous bites. Students will get to learn from a leading researcher and educator about rattlesnakes and how to protect yourself and them on the trail.