Staff-Guided Outdoor Programs
The staff at Tanglewood can conduct two staff-guided programs per day. Each program
is limited to 28 students for grade school, or 20 students for kindergarten. Programs
are designed to last approximately 90 minutes and are conducted outdoors at the
park unless inclement weather occurs.
If your school has two programs scheduled for the same day, the first group will
participate in a staff-guided program while the second group visits other recreational
areas of Tanglewood Park, including picnic areas, playgrounds, restroom facilities
and more. A full list of activity options will be mailed when your program is scheduled.
The two groups will later switch off.
Grade school programs are correlated with the North Carolina Essential Standards
for Science and Social Studies. Listings below show specific correlations in parenthesis.
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(Sept. - Nov.)
(Mar. - May)
Children engage in a variety of seasonal activities that encourage counting, sorting,
color and shape recognition and observation of seasonal changes.
(Science: KP1.1, 1.2; KP2.1, 2.2; KE 1.1, 1.2, 1.3; KL1.2)
(Social Studies: KH1.2; KG1.3, 2.1, 2.2)
Students use their senses to describe physical properties of the natural world,
including observable changes in the weather and seasons. A nature walk includes
examinations of physical features along the trail, emphasizing interactions between
humans and the environment. Students also compare characteristics of some of the
wild animals that live at Tanglewood Park.
(Science: 1L1.1, 1.2, 1.3; 1L2.1, 2.2)
Studies: 1G2.1; 1C & G1.2)
By following a trail of animal signs, students learn about habitat components and
how various park environments meet the basic needs of different plants and animals.
They also learn ways people can change and/or protect the environment for the continued
survival of organisms. The roles that park rangers, land managers and game wardens
play in protecting habitats are emphasized while presenting these jobs as potential
Nature’s Orchestra and Cycles
(Science: 2P1.1, 1.2; 2L1.1, 1.2; 2L2.1, 2.2) (Social Studies: 2H1.1, 2G2.2, 2C
This program compares and contrasts lifecycles of various animals that live at Tanglewood
Park with an emphasis on growth, development and reproduction. Highlighting the
role that government parks such as Tanglewood play in Monarch conservation, students
will construct a timeline to show the sequence of events in the lifecycle and annual
migration of this butterfly. Along the nature trail, students will visit “communication
stations” to replicate various types of sound production that certain insects use
to locate potential mates.
(Science: 3L2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4)
(Studies: 3G1.3; 3E1.2; 3C&G2.2)
This program relates how Piedmont environmental conditions such as soil type and
climate favor the growth of a wide diversity of trees that benefit wildlife and
people, as well as influence economic development. A nature walk will incorporate
identification of some common Tanglewood trees while emphasizing sustainable harvest
practices for a wide variety of tree products. The lifecycles of selected trees
are summarized along with the function of common plant structures.
(Science: 4E1.2; 4L1.3)
(Social Studies: 4H1.1, 1.3; 4G1.2, 1.3, 1.4)
This program introduces students to the “Woodland” Native Americans that once inhabited
Pre-Columbian North Carolina and ways their culture and community placement changed
after European exploration and settlement. Students learn how the availability of
natural resources and knowledge of natural events such as moon phases played a crucial
role in Native American survival, technology and customs.
Emphasis is placed on ways in which native cultures interacted with and sometimes
modified their environment to ensure their continued existence and how modern-day
humans continue to adapt their own behaviors to live in changing habitats.
Field and Forest, Lake and Pond
(Science: 5P2.1; 5L2.1, 2.2, 2.3)
(Social Studies: 5G1.2)
Students have the opportunity to compare the characteristics of several common park
ecosystems by full participation in this program. An optional, self-guided component
allows groups to explore the temperate deciduous forest and field/pasture ecosystems
that exist along the parks Multi-use Trail. The staff-guided component allows students
to investigate a pond/lake ecosystem by classifying the resident organisms according
to the biotic functions they serve within the ecosystem and the interconnected relationships
they share. Students also investigate the role of the water cycle in maintaining
pond/lake ecosystems with a special emphasis on nonpoint source (NPS) pollution
through runoff and the impact of human activities on NPS pollution, both positive
* From N.C. Standard Course of Study for Social Studies