Asheville Ecological Services Field Office
Conserving the Nature of America


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Education Resources Offered by the Asheville Field Office

Due to limited resources and efforts to focus those resources where conservation need is greatest, we are generally only able to offer classroom and field programs in Macon, Jackson, Graham, Swain, Haywood, Henderson, Transylvania, Yancey, and Mitchell counties.


Field programs
Macroinvertebrate sampling and water chemistry investigation
Grades 7-12
45 minutes – 1.5 hours

  • Introduces students to the diversity of life in a stream and how it’s a reflection of water quality. Participants use kick nets to collect stream insects, snails, and other macroinvertebrates. They use simple keys to identify their catch and assess the quality ofthestream based on the animals they collect. Note: the Fish & Wildlife Service provides equipment. Educator identifies stream for study, arranges student transportation to and from the site, and ensures organizational health and safety requirements are met.


Classroom programs
About the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Grades 8-12
1 hour

  • An introduction to the work of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, including career opportunities, and how to plan your education to become a wildlife biologist or environmental professional.

Identifying and Treating Sources of Water Pollution
Grades 6-9
1 hour

  • What are the water quality impacts of development? How can our actions affect water quality in our own neighborhood.? This session begins with an introduction to endangered species, both globally and locally, then focuses on aquatic species. The students have an opportunity to manage their own piece of imaginary property, then assess their management for stream impacts and determine ways to minimize or prevent water pollution.


Curricula developed by, or in partnership with, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Teacher's Guide to Threatened and Endangered Species (.pdf, 580 KB)

Teacher's Guide to the Threatened and Endangered Species and Ecosystems of Tennessee
Introduction and table of contents (.pdf 1.00 MB)
Background information (.pdf 2.08 MB)
Background on ecosystem fact sheets and species descriptions (.pdf 943 KB)
Springs and seeps (.pdf 1.17 MB)
Rivers (.pdf 1.91 MB)
Mountain bogs (.pdf 800 KB)
Caves (.pdf 1.45 MB)
Cedar glades (.pdf 893 KB)
Barrens (.pdf 833 KB)
High-elevation communities (.pdf 1.77 MB)
Bottomland hardwood forest (.pdf 309 KB)
Extirpated species (.pdf 1.39 MB)
Extinct species (.pdf 851 KB)
Success stories (.pdf 1.47 MB)
Lesson 1: Eco-investigations (grades 4-8) (.pdf 2.58 MB)
Lesson 2: Learn the Terms (grade 4) (.pdf 840 KB)
Lesson 3: Learn the Terms (grades 5-8) (.pdf 774 KB)
Lesson 4: Becoming (grade 4) (.pdf 851 KB)
Lesson 5: Will I Survive? (grades 5-8) (.pdf 471 KB)
Lesson 6: Web of Life (grades 4-8) (.pdf 1.06 MB)
Lesson 7: Wildlife Song, Poem, or Rap (grades 4-8) (.pdf 353 KB)
Lesson 8: Endangered/Threatened Species in the Comics (grades 4-8) (.pdf 258 KB)
Lesson 9: Public Hearing for the "Weetzel" (grades 5-8) (.pdf 809 KB)
You and Your School: What You Can Do to Help Endangered and Threatened Species (.pdf 273 KB)
Where Can I Find It?: A Beginner's Guide to the Endangered Species Home Page (.pdf 506 KB)
World Wide Web Links (.pdf 266 KB)
Glossary (.pdf 414 KB)
National Science Education Standards (.pdf 968 KB)
Correlated Activities (.pdf 221 KB)
References (.pdf 1.01 MB)

Exotic Invasive Plants of Southern Appalachia - An Activity Guide
Introduction and background (.pdf 326 KB)
Correlations to Tennessee and North Carolina standards (.pdf 209 KB)
Lesson 1: Healthy Ecosystesm (.pdf 12.27 MB)
Lesson 2: Native Plants Web Quest (.pdf 582 KB)
Lesson 3: Weeds Gone Wild (.pdf 916 KB)
Lesson 4: Space Invaders - Unwanted Neighbors (.pdf 291 KB)
Lesson 5: Most Troublesome Exotic Invasive Plant Species Web Quest (.pdf 257 KB)
Lesson 6: Exotic Invasive Plants Wipe Out Their Neighbors (.pdf 340 KB)
Lesson 7: Most Wanted Exotic Invasive Plant Poster (.pdf 382 KB)
Lesson 8: Ethi-Reasoning - Exotic Invasive Plant Species Topics (.pdf 291 KB)
Lessson 9: Choose a Viewpoint and Structure an Argument (.pdf 145 KB)
Lesson 10: Walk to School (.pdf 289 KB)
Lesson 11: Empowerment - What You Can Do (.pdf 244 KB)
Lesson 12: Weed Pull Preparation (.pdf 163 KB)
Lesson 13: Campus/Community Weed Pull (.pdf 278 KB)
Lesson 14: Invasive Species Jeopardy (.pdf 130 KB)



Environmental education contact:

Gary Peeples
160 Zillicoa St.
Asheville, NC 28801
office - 828/258-3939, ext 234
cell - 828/216-4970
fax - 828/258-5330


Last Updated: July 14, 2016