Lesson Plans and Activities


For Kids of All Ages


New for 2022! Update North Carolina Wild Places: A Closer Look


NC Wildlife Wild Notebook Articles


Wildlife Identification Resources

Common Salamanders of Western North Carolina ID Chart

Lungless Salamanders of Western North  Carolina Flow Chart

Common Macroinvertebrates of the Southern Appalachian Streams

New for 2022! Salamander Flash Cards

New for 2022! Salamander Poster

Grades: K-2

Life Cycles 

Wet & Wild Life Cycles Lesson plan; freshwater mussels, striped bass, dragonflies


Aquatic Life Cycles Powerpoint - Resource for 'Wet & Wild Life Cycles' lesson plan


Mussel Videos Excellent short videos to go with 'Wet & Wild Life Cycles'; click link and scroll to 'Mussel Videos' category; video categories are listed alphabetically

Grades: 4-8 

Magnificent Mammals - Adaptations & Identification Grades: 4-6

Magnificent Mammals Lesson/activity plan


Magnificent Mammals Reference; skulls/furs with animal photos and species profile links


Magnificent Mammals Reference; skull diagrams/fur info; no animal photos


Identifying Mammal Skulls PowerPoint Reference


Eastern Box Turtle: North Carolina's State Reptile - Math/Science Grades: 5-8

Carapace Capers: Collecting & Analyzing Turtle Shell Data Lesson/activity plan (Math/Science)


Box Turtle Carapace Photos To be used with Carapace Capers lesson/activity


Gems of the Forest Video (Coming Soon) Background for Carapace Capers lesson/activity


How to Measure Turtle Shells Video; reference for Carapace Capers lesson/activity   

Grades:  Middle/High School

Wildlife Populations
Resources in this section are best suited for: Biology, FFA - Natural Resources curriculum,  AP Environmental Science and Math.  


It's 9p....Where are your Wild Animals? Deer Population Estimation lesson/activity

Smile - You're on Camera PowerPoint for Deer Population Estimation lesson - It's 9p...Where are your Wild Animals?  

Wild Turkey

Let's Talk Turkey - Eastern Wild Turkey Populations/Management Lesson/Activity (Teacher copy)

Let's Talk Turkey - Scenarios Activity Student copy

Let's Talk Turkey - Predator Reading Student copy

Let's Talk Turkey - Habitat/Habits/Population Reading Student copy

Let's Talk Turkey - Forest Habitat and Food Type Reading Student copy

Turkey 101 (5:35 min) Short video on the biology and management of Eastern Wild Turkeys in NC  March 2019


Mourning Dove

Dove Population Estimation - Lesson Plan


Dove Decoy - Marked. Unmarked. Images. Info

Field staff and two students perform wildlife observations