Self-guided Discovery Programs
New This Year...A wider range of new and revised Discovery Programs
that are grade-specific and correlated with North Carolina Essential Standards for
Science and/or Social Studies. Please see descriptions below.
Coming Soon...Badge correlations for Girl and Boy Scouts. Please
check our website in the coming months for updates.
These self-guided programs allow a class to conduct their own study of Tanglewood's
natural areas. Instructions are mailed to teachers prior to the program. On the
day of the program the group leader picks up an "Activity Box" at the park gate.
It contains all the materials necessary for group leaders to conduct their own program
at a designated park location. All Discovery Programs include group activities and/or
games and a nature walk.
Discovery programs are operated year round.
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For additional information on discovery programs, call (336) 703-6436 or email
Sense of Wonder
Kindergarten (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)
Participants use their senses to observe properties of the natural world, including
changes in the weather and seasons. The nature walk includes examinations of some
of the park’s physical features and an opportunity to learn about some of the wild
animals that live at Tanglewood.
Who Lives Here?
Grade One (Science: 1L1.1, 1.2, 1.3; 1L2.1, 2.2) Studies: 1G2.1; 1C & G1.2)
By playing Habitat Bingo along the Nature Trail, participants learn to recognize
animal signs and discover “who lives here”. Other activities teach how local habitats
favor the survival of some animals and not others. Groups also learn how land managers
and private citizens can change and/or protect the environment for the continued
survival of organisms.
Grade Two (Science: 2P1.1, 1.2; 2L1.1, 1.2; 2L2.1, 2.2) (Social Studies: 2H1.1,
2G2.2, 2C & G1.1)
This program compares and contrasts the lifecycles of various insects that live
at Tanglewood, with an emphasis on growth, development and reproduction. Along the
Nature Trail participants take part in “communication stations” to replicate various
sounds that certain insects use for communication or protection. Groups also learn
about the beautiful Monarch Butterfly, it’s amazing migration journey, and what
people can to do improve Monarch habitat for their continued survival.
Grade Three (Science: 3L2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4) (Studies: 3G1.3; 3E1.2; 3C&G2.2)
This program relates how local soils and climate favor the growth of a wide diversity
of trees that benefit wildlife and people in many ways. Participants discover different
ways to identify some common Tanglewood trees along the Nature Trail. Tree structures
and functions are also emphasized, along with the lifecycle of a tree and how it’s
eventual death and decay play an important role in maintaining a healthy forest.
Native Americans of the Piedmont
Grade Four (Science: 4E1.2; 4L1.3) (Social Studies: 4H1.1, 1.3; 4G1.2, 1.3, 1.4)
This program introduces groups to the “Woodland” of the Piedmont Native Americans
that lived in Piedmont NC prior to European settlement. Participants examine natural
resources that were necessary not just for survival, but also for fun and games
as they walk the Nature Trail. The role of natural events, such as moon phases,
is correlated with seasonal traditions. Ways in which natives interacted with and
modified their environment through practices such as agriculture are also explored.
Grade Five (Science: 5P2.1; 5L2.1, 2.2, 2.3) (Social Studies: 5G1.2)
The Nature Trail takes walkers through three distinct ecosystems. Along the way
groups investigate each by classifying resident organisms according to their biotic
functions and discussing the interconnected relationships they share. At the lake
ecosystem participants take on the role of “raindrops” in a fun game that emphasizes
the impact of nonpoint source (NPS) pollution on aquatic ecosystems and the role
that citizens can play in its prevention.
PreK - Middle School
The Fun Box is perfect for day camp and daycare groups, homeschoolers, and church
groups. It contains a variety of fun, nature-related activities for children of
all ages. All activities encourage active participation and employ themes that can
be incorporated into a nature walk. Books, games, and other supplemental materials
are available in the box to help ensure a variety of fun learning experiences throughout