K-12 Educators and Families

We’re happy to help you find educational experiences on campus that will resonate with your K-12 students. Our Tar Heel Scavenger Hunt guide – available from UNC Visitors Center – steers K-5 students on a fun, interactive tour of campus landmarks, while our self-guided tour brochures are perfect for older students. Contact UNC Visitors' Center at (919) 962-1630 for more activity suggestions for school groups visiting our campus.

Our A-Z Resource List for Educators listed below provides further information about educational programming at UNC-Chapel Hill.

We encourage middle school educators to explore our First Look program described on this page. Offered throughout the fall and spring semesters during the academic year, First Look is designed to give middle school students an inspiring introduction to college.

Ackland Art Museum

Jenny Marvel, Manager of School and Community Programs | (919) 966-5736 | jenny.marvel@unc.edu

The Ackland Art Museum, located on the edge of the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, offers interactive tours for K-12 students, designed to integrate the arts across disciplines and to support and extend classroom learning through observation, creative thinking and personal reflection. The Ackland also provides teacher workshops and classroom materials to assist K-12 teachers in art instruction and integration. Learn more.

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African Studies Center

Barbara Anderson, Outreach Coordinator | (919) 962-1406 | barbara_anderson@unc.edu

To deepen understanding of the cultures and histories of African societies, the African Studies Center at UNC-Chapel Hill offers Culture Kits, classroom sets of African-themed novels, films and other materials available for teachers to borrow for use in their classrooms. These items are available free of charge to North Carolina teachers, and the African Studies Center covers shipping costs in both directions. Learn more.

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Carolina Asia Center

Thupten Norbu, Associate Director | (919) 843-9065 | norbu@email.unc.edu

The Carolina Asia Center supports educators by providing lesson plans that infuse Asian content into everyday topics. The office also maintains a list of seminars and professional development for events that will help teachers expand their global knowledge about Asia. Learn more.

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Carolina K-12

Christie Norris, Director of K-12 Outreach | (919) 843-9387 | cnorris@unc.edu

Carolina K-12, a program of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Program in the Humanities and Human Values, works to extend resources of the University’s K-12 educators. We offer quality professional development programs, which include access to scholars on key topics, innovative lesson plans and interactive pedagogical training. Carolina K-12 also hosts a database of K-12 resources, where teachers can download hundreds of lessons, activities and Power Points for classroom use.

In addition to the free teacher trainings offered by Carolina K-12, educators can also register to attend numerous seminars offered by Carolina K-12’s umbrella organization, the Program in the Humanities and Human Values. While these lectures are designed for a general audience and will not include pedagogical training, they are an excellent way for teachers to broaden their content knowledge in various subjects as life-long-learners. Scholarships covering 50 percent of the tuition are available for all Adventures in Ideasseminars for currently employed full-time teachers, librarians and administrators in K-12 public and private schools and community colleges. Teachers may apply for a $75 stipend after attending.

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Carolina Navigators

Elizabeth Ann Bucrek, Program Manager and TA  | (919) 843-6860 | ebucrek@email.unc.edu and Dr. Cate Brubaker, Associate Program Manager and Instructor | (919) 843-6860 | navigators@unc.edu

Carolina Navigators offers free global resources for K-16 teachers and students across the state. Their Culture Kits, collections of resources that contain authentic artifacts and contemporary and historical items, are available on a variety of countries and ship for free. They also offer videos, photo stories and articles, and will even send a Carolina Navigator to K-12 classrooms for a virtual or in-person presentation on a particular culture. Carolina Navigators also host Virtual Cultural Presentation Fairs that classrooms around the state can participate in.

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Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University

Emily Chavez, Outreach Coordinator | (919) 681-3982 | emily.chavez@duke.edu

The Consortium offers numerous resources for K-12 educators, including lesson plans, professional development (including an African Diaspora Fellows Program held each summer), study tours and a Learning through Languages High School Research Symposium. The Consortium also houses the Latin American Film Library, a collection of over 600 films in English and Spanish that are lent free of charge to registered borrowers. Lists of films recommended for primary and secondary classrooms are available on the Film Library site, as well as downloadable guides to selected films. Several exhibits and culture boxes, including a Day of the Dead box, are available for teachers to borrow. Learn more.

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Carolina Basketball Museum

Please call (919) 962-6000 to arrange your visit to the Carolina Basketball Museum. The Women’s Basketball Museum is in Carmichael Arena.

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Carolina Campus Community Garden

Please contact(919) 942-5001 or clorch@email.unc.edu for visiting information. 

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Center for European Studies

(919) 843-9852 |alexandra.holmgren@unc.edu 

The UNC-Chapel Hill Center for European Studies offers teacher workshops, lesson plans, web-based information, and classroom-ready teaching materials to advance the study of contemporary Europe and the European Union. Their multimedia websites explore socio-cultural topics such as Muslim women in Europe and Francophone identities in the modern world. Click here to learn more about the Center and check out the lesson plans available through the EUCE. They also promote state participation in the Euro Challenge, an exciting educational opportunity for high school students (grades 9 & 10) to learn about the European Union and the euro. 

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Coker  Arboretum

A self-guided tour and scavenger hunt of the arboretum is available via their webpage. Contact ncbg@unc.edu with inquiries

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Department  of  Classics

Contact (919) 962-7191 or email classics_web@unc.edu for tour availability–can accommodate groups of up to 20 students.

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Department of Computer Science

Contact (919) 590-6000 or info@cs.unc.edu for Middle School/High School Open House information and other activities.

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Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies

Emma Harver, Outreach Coordinator |(919)-962-6732|  harver@email.unc.edu 

The Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies promotes understanding of the Middle East through teaching, research, and community outreach. Our center is distinguished by its cross-regional approach to Middle East studies, one that breaks down area studies barriers in order to track global flows of ideas, commodities, and people. The Center offers free films, lectures, and performance events for the public. We also offer workshops, online classroom resources, curriculum development support, and information about grants for K-12 and community college educators. 

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Institute for the Environment’s Environmental Resource Program

Dana Haine, K-12 Science Education Manager | (919) 843-5735 | dhaine@email.unc.edu 

The Environmental Resource Program works to promote an earth science literate society by providing K-12 teachers and students with access to current scientific information and relevant resources to help make informed decisions. They offer professional development for teachers on a variety of topics including water resources, climate change, energy, sustainability, and urbanization. They also offer programs for students such as the Climate Leadership & Energy Awareness Program and the IDEA High School Summer Program. 

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Kenan Football Stadium & Football Center 

James Spurley, Visitor Coordinator | (919) 962-7873| mihill@email.unc.edu 

Please call to inquire about a large group visit. 

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Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

Please call (919) 962-1236 for visiting information. School groups are welcome!

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NC Botanical Garden

Please contact (919) 962-0522 for visiting information.

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NC-HCAP (Health Careers Access Program)

Please contact (919) 966-2264 or nchcap@unc.edu for more information regarding our interactive presentations and Leadership Series.

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NC Scholastic Media Association 

Monica Hill, Director | (919) 962-4639 | mihill@email.unc.edu 

NCSMA serves as the state’s high school press association and promotes excellence in scholastic journalism and encourages respect for freedom of the press in high school journalism. NCSMA offers workshops, online resources, adviser courses, and hosts the annual North Carolina Scholastic Media Institute on  the UNC-Chapel  Hill campus. Students can also participate in NCSMA contests and a Sports Journalism Camp. 

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New Roots: Voices From Carolina del Norte

Hannah Gill, Director, The Latino Migration Project | (919) 962-5453 | newroots@unc.edu 

New Roots, a digital archive and information system that is a joint effort between the Latino Migration Project,  Southern Oral History Project, and University Libraries, contains the oral histories of Latin American migrants in North Carolina and the experiences of North Carolinians that have worked for the integration of new settlers into this southern state. The collection offers interviews, primary source material, and K-12 curriculum. 

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The North Carolina Collection at Wilson Library

Robert Anthony, Curator | (919)- 962-1172  ranthony@email.unc.edu 

The North Carolina Collection at Wilson Library is dedicated to preserving literary, visual, and artifactual materials illustrating four centuries of the colony and state of North Carolina. North Carolina history teachers will find numerous online resources and digitized primary sources that can be utilized in the classroom, as well as maps, a postcard collection, photographic archives, and oral histories. The NC Collection also offer numerous resources, such as newspapers and images, at Digital NC. The North Carolina Collection offers an annual summer Bill Friday Teachers Institute, in partnership with Carolina K-12. 

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Philosophy’s Parr Center for Ethics

Steven Swartzer | (919) 962-3329 | swartzer@email.unc.edu 

Parr Center for Ethics uses the resources of Carolina’s Philosophy Department’s resources to help people in the community think carefully and clearly about a broad range of ideas, commitments, and practices that regularly shape their lives. They offer free services to local schools (all grade  levels),  senior  centers,  and  76 community colleges. Trained volunteers lead philosophy discussion groups in these locations and also serve as consultants for those interested in philosophy. The Program also hosts the High School Ethics Bowl, a competitive yet collaborative event in which  students analyze and discuss real-life ethical issues. Please click here for more information on these programs. 

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PlayMakers Reperatory Company

Jenny Wales, Education Manager | jwales@email.unc.edu 

PlayMakers is committed to the mission of providing exceptional opportunities for young people to learn about and experience the performing arts, as well as a commitment to supporting educators interested in integrating the arts into their classrooms. Teachers can bring their students to Student Matinees, school day performances of Mainstage productions, and several summer youth programs are also offered. 

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Research Laboratories of Archaeology

Marissa Wojcinski, Public Outreach Coordinator 919- 962-6574| mcwojcin@live.unc.edu  

RLA is a center for the study of Native American culture in North Carolina and throughout the Americas. They offer many resources for teachers, including lesson plans, tours of labs, classroom visits, and archaeological materials on loan. RLA’s most recent  initiative,  Ancient North Carolinians, A Virtual Museum of NC Archaeology, is a virtual museum on NC archaeology and prehistory through Colonialism and will include teacher resources for using the site in the classroom.

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SERVICE Mural at the UNC School of Government

Sonja Matanovic | (919) 966-4178 | matanovic@sog.unc.edu & Gini Hamilton | (919) 962-5795 | hamilton@sog.unc.edu 

SERVICE, a mural by Colin Quashie, is a creative interpretation of the Greensboro, North Carolina, sit-in of 1960, that commemorates the contributions of African Americans. SERVICE is on display and accessible to the public at the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at  Chapel  Hill. The Knapp-Sanders Building is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Carolina K-12 offers a lesson plan to utilize the mural as a teaching tool in the classroom. To learn more about the SERVICE mural or to arrange a visit to the mural for a group, please see above contact information. 

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Southern Oral History Program

Rachel Seidman, Associate Director | (919) 962-5931 | rachel.seidman@unc.edu 

The SOHP works to preserve the voices of the southern past and offers more than 5,000 interviews with people from all walks of life—from mill workers to civil rights leaders to future presidents of the United States. Made available through UNC’s renowned Southern Historical Collection online, these interviews capture the vivid personalities, poignant personal stories, and behind-the-scenes decision-making that bring history to life. The SOHP recently launched Mapping Voices of North Carolina’s Past for teachers, an interactive map featuring short clips from oral history interviews with people from North Carolina’s past, as well as links to the longer interviews. It is designed for K-12 teachers to help their students experience history through stories. Currently the map features stories of school desegregation; future updates will add clips from families who lived through World War  II, women who fought and are fighting for equal rights, and more. 

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UNC Visitors Center

Missy Julian-Fox, Director | (919) 962-1630 | uncvisitorscenter@unc.edu 

In addition to our elementary school tour brochure and scavenger hunt map, we also offer regular historic campus tours for older student groups as well as our special Priceless Gem tours! Middle school educators are also welcome to explore FIRST LOOK, our innovative program designed to give middle school students an inspiring introduction to the world of college.

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World View

Julie Kinnaird, Associate Director for K-12 | (919) 962-6785 | Kinnaird@unc.edu 

World View is a public service department of UNC-Chapel Hill whose mission is to help K-12 schools prepare students to succeed in an interconnected, diverse, and multicultural world. World View accomplishes this mission by helping educators: develop a greater understanding of world regions, cultures, and global issues through professional learning opportunities and international travel; integrate a global perspective into every subject area of the curriculum and at every grade level; and respond to rapid, cultural, and demographic changes in our classrooms and communities. In addition to working in schools with educators, World View provides 21st Century Professional Development, including seminars, workshops, symposiums, online courses, and study visits abroad.

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