Education

Exploring North Carolina in the Schools

Since its inception in 2005, Exploring North Carolina has been watched with particular excitement by students, teachers and school administrators across the state. Each episode in the series — a unique partnership between the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, UNC-TV and Natural World Productions — is a mini-adventure featuring detailed information on the plants, animals, geology and history (natural and social) of North Carolina’s greatest places. Now, thanks to the support of the William R. Kenan Trust, DVDs containing selected episodes of the series are being delivered at no cost to middle and secondary public schools statewide.

A dedicated group including teachers, naturalists from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and staff from series creators Natural World Productions, have been working for the past year to segment a dozen ENC episodes into smaller topic-driven chapters. These three- to five-minute chapters are designed to assist educators in bringing images and stories of the natural world into their classroom, as well as to provide students with accessible home study aids. In addition, the group developed curriculum-correlated lesson plans and viewing guides to help educators explore specific subjects more deeply.

The episodes — which range from the importance of butterflies to the extinction of the wooly mammoth — are available not only on DVD but also online here and at iTunes University.  The William R. Kenan Trust has already provided funding to develop the next set of shows and curriculum materials.

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Enhanced Episodes

Season One | Season Two | Season Three | Season Four | Season Five

Note on the videos: if you do not have Quicktime installed, we recommend using Media Player Classic Home Cinema.  Right-click on a chapter & select "Save Target As" (Internet Explorer) or "Save Link As" (Firefox) to download the video.

Season One

101: Birds of Winter — see large but graceful birds of winter (Snow Geese and Tundra Swans) in action as they make their way around their seasonal southern home.

Quicktime Video:  Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6

102: Roanoke Superhighway — discover this major historical corridor for Native Americans and European settlers and one of the state’s greatest conservation success stories.

QuicktimeVideo:  Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6

103: Measuring the Mountain —learn the storied history and controversies behind the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi River.

QuicktimeVideo:  Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6

104: Fire in the Longleaf Pine —take a long, hard look at the natural history and future of these tall timbers, whose current scarcity is in part due to a lack of forest fires.

QuicktimeVideo:  Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5

105: Colors of the Earth — examine the geologic processes that helped create the mountains, Piedmont and coastal plain of North Carolina and the precious stones thereon.

QuicktimeVideo:  Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5

106: Fossil Fields — travel back in time to visit lost worlds beneath Piedmont clay and the sandy soils of the Coast.

QuicktimeVideo:  Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 

107: Edge of Life — take a closer look at the numerous plants and animals whose southern- or northern-most ranges occur in North Carolina.

QuicktimeVideo:  Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 

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Season Two

202: Natural Boundary — look at the many regional factors affecting our climate, including ocean currents, elevation differences and rainfall.

QuicktimeVideo:  Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6

203: Man and Mammoth — examine the most prominent theories relating to the demise of wooly mammoths and other mega fauna in the Southeast and North America.

QuicktimeVideo:  Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5

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Season Three

301: Beauty with Six Legs —visit the world of Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) and learn why these species are among our most important neighbors.

QuicktimeVideo:  Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4

304: Invaders Among Us — Non-native plants and animals have invaded all parts of North Carolina. Find out more about how they got here, what problems they are causing, and how we can help control their spread.

QuicktimeVideo:  Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6

307: Climate Change — look at the factors that have affected climate change in the past and those that will influence our climate and sea level in the future.

QuicktimeVideo:  Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6

309: Homecomings — Many animals migrate to and from North Carolina. Discover the fascinating lives of Chimney Swifts.

QuicktimeVideo: Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3

311: Form and Function — Discover ways that animals and plants are adapted to their environments, including camouflage, mimicry and special morphology.

QuicktimeVideo: Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5

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Season Four

402: The Naturalists — Learn more about the early naturalists who explored our state, including John Lawson, William Bartram, Mark Catesby and Andre michaux.

QuicktimeVideo: Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5

404: Giving Nature A Hand — Discover how and why the Civilian Conservation Corps helped restore North Carolina’s forests.

QuicktimeVideo:  Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 | Chapter 7 | Chapter 8

405: The First Lost Colony — The earliest settlers arrived from Spain, and established Fort San Juan in the North Carolina mountains before the arrival of the English. Find out more about the study of this “first lost colony.”

QuicktimeVideo: Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 | Chapter 7

408: Basin Basics — Discover North Carolina’s seventeen river basins and learn about ways to protect the water quality and natural resources of these habitats.

QuicktimeVideo:  Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4

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Season Five

502: Smoky Mountain Diversity — The Smoky Mountains have exceptional species diversity. Find out how we inventory the diversity of the park and learn more about Elk and Black Bear populations.

QuicktimeVideo:  Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6

503: Stuck in Clay — North Carolina is home to many famous potters. Learn more about the physical properties of clay and how it has impacted the states history.

 QuicktimeVideo:  Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6

504: Forgotten Kingdom — Explore the amazingly diverse world of the fungus kingdom.

QuicktimeVideo: Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4

507: 10,000 Years Before Contact — Learn more about the Native Americans of North Carolina, who lived and thrived in the area thousands of years before the settlers arrived.

QuicktimeVideo: Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5

508: Changing Sands — Learn more about North Carolina’s outer banks and the geologic history of our barrier islands.

QuicktimeVideo: Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4

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