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Educational Curriculum

History/heritage Curriculum

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The following outlines key areas of focus for the educational curriculum focused on the history/heritage of Whitesville:

  • Role of the coal mining industry and railroad industry in the town/state
  • Heritage of the population including the diverse immigrant culture
  • History and connections to past wars
  • Information about the Upper Big Branch Memorial, the history of the mine disaster, and information about the development of the memorial
  • Facts about the Coal Heritage RiverWalk Park, including the history of the train caboose and coal river mining supply mural located in the park
  • Activities/assignments for classes to engage in at the park and in the classroom

Natural Environment Curriculum

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The following outlines key areas of focus for the educational curriculum focused on the natural environment of Whitesville:

  • Recognize different plants/animals/fish in the area
  • Understand sustainability and their role in conservation of natural resources
  • Appreciate the role of the natural environment as it relates to industrial development and the economy of the area
  • Connections between the economy, environment, and society
  • Information about the interconnected biological diversity, ecology, and climate of the area
  • Resources for being good stewards of the environment and respecting natural habitats