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Shackleford Horses Curriculum Now Online

A foal runs, jumps and plays on Shackleford Banks. Photo: National Park Service

Third through eighth grade students can learn about the wild horses of Shackleford Banks with a new online curriculum now available on the Cape Lookout National Seashore’s website.

The three units making up the Wild Horse Curriculum include classroom-ready lesson plans and activities focused on the wild horse population and visitor-horse conduct.  Lesson plans adhere to North Carolina education standards and promote understanding of environmental issues.  Lessons also include references to Cape Lookout National Seashore resources.

Lesson plans cover the following:

  • “Horses and Humans,” a science, English language arts and math curriculum for third through sixth graders, created by Jennifer Ameigh from Sand Ridge Elementary School in Onslow County.
  • “Past, Present, and Future,” science and social studies for sixth through eighth graders, created by Nancy Hoffman of M.C.S. Noble Middle School in Wilmington.
  • “Genetics and Evolution,” a science curriculum for eighth graders created by David Caccavaro of H.J. MacDonald Middle School in New Bern.

This project is a collaboration between North Carolina State University in Raleigh, Cape Lookout National Seashore on Harkers Island, the Foundation for Shackleford Horses in Beaufort and the University of Tampa in Tampa, Florida.

The three lesson plans are available on the park’s website as well as on the North Carolina State University website. 

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