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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March 3, 2021
Maine: Hang Out With Me! I'm a Fungi.
Description: Explore the world of mushrooms though this lesson on the fungi of the Northeast. Learn to better understand a mushroom's role in the natural world and your world, when you are most likely to see one, and how most have a symbiotic relationship with other plants.
February 17, 2021
New Hampshire: Climate Change in NH’s White Mountains
Description: Delve into research from New England’s highest summits to understand how climate change is impacting everything from the fragile alpine flowers to the snowpack in the legendary Tuckerman Ravine. You’ll also learn how to better understand and mitigate the impacts of climate change in your own backyard.
February 3, 2021
Vermont: Wandering the Appalachian Trail Through Time and Space
Description: Join Nika (Early Bird), John (Megapod), and Rob (Gazer) for a wild and varied adventure on the A.T. through the lenses of cosmic place, history, art, and physical and perceived time. Through storytelling and engaging visual content we hope to transport viewers to places and moments that are full of impermanence, wonder, and vastness.
January 20, 2021
Massachusetts: Systems and Relationships in Nature
Description: Cait Ward and Patrick Donovan both teach Environmental Science at Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts. Cait will first provide a review and two case studies that exhibit ecological systems and relationships in nature. Patrick will then provide local examples of interconnectedness in nature and introduce some practices for learners to consider, which will both be inspired by and draw connections to Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants.
Connecticut: Birds of Prey Along the A.T.
Age: Middle School and above
Description: An encounter with a bird of prey is often a magical moment that sparks a lifelong fascination with these apex predators. Please join Jim Hunter and Matt Hoyt, as they walk you through an engaging journey exploring the raptors along the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.
New York: Where Art Meets Math in Nature
Description: Explore symmetry and patterns on the A.T. in New York in this hands-on and engaging program for students ages K-2. Appropriate for all learners, including those with special needs.
New Jersey: Turtle Talk and Tracking
Description: Join Stephanie Sherman and Jennifer Correa-Kruegel as they talk about turtles that can be found along the Appalachian Trail.
Pennsylvania: What Makes a Place Unique?
Age: 6th grade & up
Discipline: Social Studies
Description: Explore the physical and cultural characteristics of places along the Appalachian Trail in south-central Pennsylvania and identify the characteristics that make places all along the Trail unique. Learners will have the opportunity to create an interactive map that examines the physical and cultural of their region of the Trail.
Maryland: The Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman
Description: Join Educator Brittany Leavitt and Bill Jarmon from the Harriet Tubman Organization for a hike through Maryland in tribute to the legacy and life of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.
West Virginia: The Confluence of History and Hiking
Age: 6th grade & up
Discipline: History, Social Studies
Description: Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, is many things: the confluence of two major rivers, the scene of dramatic events in U.S. history, and the psychological halfway point of the Appalachian Trail. There are only a few miles of the Trail in West Virginia, but those miles are chock-full of historical significance. Come along with local experts as we explore the history of our nation, and the history of the A.T., by following the white blazes from the Shenandoah River to the Potomac.
Virginia: A salamander's journey along the A.T. in Virginia
Age: High School to Adult
Discipline: Biology, Wildlife Conservation, Ecology, Environmental Science
Description: Explore habitats along the A.T. in Virginia through the eyes of a salamander. The southern Appalachian Mountains are often referred to as the Salamander Capital of the World, with more species of salamander than anywhere else.
Virginia: The Nature of Well-being: the Social and Emotional Benefits of Nature
Age: High School to Adult
Description: The overwhelming amount of health benefits that come from spending time outside in nature and green spaces is well documented. This series will explore the social and emotional aspects of forest bathing and other exercises in nature.
Tennessee: Botany and Blossom in Tennessee
Age: Grades 6-9
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.
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.
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.