Digital Resources

Discovery Park of America’s mission is to inspire children and adults to see beyond. In order to successfully accomplish that, the Discovery Park education team is offering resources to teachers, students and parents who are navigating the world of virtual learning. Lessons are taught in conjunction with Tennessee state academic standards and cover a broad range of subjects for grades 1-12. These resources are completely FREE. Whether you are a parent who homeschools or a teacher with a classroom full of students, an interactive lesson or a virtual field trip to Discovery Park offers a unique and educational experience like no other.

University of Tennessee at Martin Partnership

Discovery Park has partnered with the University of Tennessee at Martin to share free digital resources to teachers and parents. Hosted by Katie Jarvis, professors from UT Martin share fun and entertaining 20-30 minute Zoom lessons utilizing their area of expertise. Areas covered include Japanese, computer science, public speaking, geology and more.

How are stars born?

In this video, Dr. Lionel Crews, a professor of physics at UT Martin, shares about star formation and an overview of astronomy. You are sure to enjoy listening to this pro talk about the galaxy.

Did you know Tennessee has a state fossil? 

Dr. Michael Gibson, a professor of geology at The University of Tennessee at Martin, uses the Tennessee state fossil, Pterotrigonia thoracica, to share about paleontology.

Pottery and Poems 

David McBeth, associate professor of art at the University of Tennessee at Martin, teaches us how to make simple pinched clay bowls or cups while incorporating poetry into this fun and unique lesson.

The Sun’s Ultraviolet Light and Our Skin

Dr. Ann Gathers, an associate professor of biological sciences at the University of Tennessee at Martin, shares a hands-on demonstration of the sun’s UV light making tonic water glow and provides a discussion of the effects of UV light on human skin.

For more digital lessons with UT Martin professors, click here.

Virtual Field Trip Lesson Overviews

In response to the increase in demand for homeschooling and virtual learning, Discovery Park’s education team compiled a number of lessons and programs normally offered on a field trip to the museum and park and will now be sharing them online for students, teachers and parents to utilize.

One highlight of these free resources is that teachers can register their classes for a 20-minute virtual lesson with education specialists at Discovery Park. The teacher will receive a packet full of great educational content to help prepare for the virtual field trip. Lesson plans are broken down by grades, and teachers simply select a grade below for lesson overviews.

Grades 1-3

Grades 4-6

Grades 7-9

Grades 10-12

To schedule a virtual field trip, click here.

Book Your Field Trip to Discovery Park of America

To schedule an in-person field trip, please click here to fill out an online form, email education@discoveryparkofamerica.com or call reservations at 731-885-5455. Our education specialists are ready to make certain your students have a transformative day of inspiration at Discovery Park of America.