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North Carolina Educational Resources: A collection of general education resources for science and biology teachers.
North Carolina's State Parks offer environmental education learning plans for elementary and secondary school classes. These are free downloadable PDF files: Cape Fear River Basins and Cape Fear River Basin.
Discover the natural history and unique ecosystems of the Cape Fear River Basin.
North Carolina State Parks.
Find out what's happening in a state park near you.
Office of Environmental Education
Environmental education resources in North Carolina

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Herpetological Education Resources: A general listing of herpetology related resources for teachers and educators.

Reptile/Amphibian Fact Files: Fact sheets and diagrams from The Learning Page. You will need to register for a free account to view these pages.
Reptile/Amphibian Lesson Plans: You will need to register for an account at The Learning Page to view these plans. A collection of lesson plans and resources for preschool through second grade.
Snake Life Cycle - A photo illustration of a snake's life cycle.
Alligators and Crocodiles (K-2):
This lesson introduces students to the American alligator, the Nile crocodile, and SuperCroc (the prehistoric crocodilian species Sarcosuchus imperator). Students will learn about each species' geographical range, habitat, diet, and behaviors. They will conclude the lesson by designing zoo habitats for alligators or crocodiles and creating captions providing information about these species' prehistoric relative.

Crocs, Then and Now: Grades 6-8. This lesson has students investigate the geographical distributions, habitats, and other features of modern crocodilians and SuperCroc (Sarcosuchus imperator). Students will consider the things we can learn about one species by studying the other. They will create Venn diagrams to compare and contrast one modern species with SuperCroc. They will conclude by writing paragraphs describing this comparison and explaining how each species helps us learn about the other.

Crocodiles: Grades 6-8. Changes in the environment have important effects on the way many types of animals evolve over long periods of time.

Snake Printouts from Enchanted Learning.com: Sheets on eight different snake species, and links to lesson plans, diagrams and more.

Snakes Alive Web Quest Lesson Plan: An entertaining lesson plan designed for a first grade class.

Specific Snakes : This index has links to a few hundred websites that contain information and photos of specific kinds of snakes.
Reptile Adaptations: A lesson plan from Discovery School. Adaptation describes the changing traits that enable reptiles to live in their environments.
Snakes: A lesson plan from Discovery School for grades 6-8. Different types of snakes have different physical characteristics that help them survive and succeed in their particular habitats.

Venomous Snakes: Learning about venomous snakes.

The Infrared Zoo: Infrared light shows us the heat radiated by the world around us. By viewing animals with a thermal infrared camera, we can actually "see" the differences between warm and cold-blooded animals. Infrared also allows us to study how well feathers, fur and blubber insulate animals.

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Crafts and Fun for Kids: "Edutainment" for the kids - crafts, games and activities related to learning.

Reptile Coloring Book: These simple drawings are fun for the younger children.
Snakes Coloring Pages: Enjoy free snakes coloring pages to color, paint or a crafty educational project for young children and the young at heart.
How to Make a Paper Snake: Paper snakes are fun and easy to make. They are a great craft to learn about snakes.
Snake Theme Preschool Activities and Crafts: Come and have fun with snake theme preschool activities and crafts suitable for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten. Visit a theme section for lesson plans, printable crafts, activities, coloring pages and related early childhood resources.

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North Carolina Resources: Resources for environmental education, the natural history of the local region, and information on our local plants, animals and ecosystems.

Environmental Education Learning Plans (EELE): North Carolina's State Parks offer environmental education learning plans for elementary and secondary school classes. These are free downloadable PDF files.
Cape Fear River Basin(s) part I and Cape Fear River Basin part II: Discover the natural history and unique ecosystems of the Cape Fear River Basin.
Learn NC: Discover NC is a guide to local educational resources that teachers and students can visit in person or on the Web.
North Carolina State Parks: Find out what's happening in a state park near you.
North Carolina Science Teacher's Association: A wealth of local resources for science teachers.
Office of Environmental Education: Environmental education resources in North Carolina.

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