I know families are looking for outside-the-box learning opportunities right now as we all try to figure out how to carry on our lives (including education) during this global COVID-19 pandemic. When you think of Dollywood, do you think of educational opportunities? I think I know the answer to that. I bet you are picturing the Dollywood Express, Wild Eagle, cinnamon bread and great shows like Dreamland Drive-In. With this blog, I’m hoping to share some really great resources that can either reframe the way you see our theme park or, perhaps, repurpose a future visit. [And all the multi-purposing- mamas leaned in…]
We have several assets available on our website to help you pair your Dollywood experience with education. While it will be easier to use this in conjunction with your next trip to our park, if you are familiar with Dollywood, these materials will still be helpful when you can’t be here. We know there will be brighter days and we truly cannot wait until we’re able to host you again. Until then, let’s look for ways to enjoy small moments and make this time with our children sweet. I pulled Dollywood’s educational materials together in one place to make it easier for you to digest.
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For a history lesson, check out this page. From Appalachian life in the 1800s to World War II veterans, you can learn what East Tennessee looked like decades ago including turn-of-the-century crafts, a working grist mill, a coal-fired steam train and a one-room country church.
If you’re considering making your Dollywood visit a “field trip” check out this page, too.
We are grateful for our educational partnership with Tennessee Valley Authority. This page offers STEM-based resources. You’re able to choose from materials for elementary, middle or high school. You can select videos, worksheets and lesson plans. From green-living to water filtration and solar energy, you could spend hours going through these activities and assignments.
Take a look at Dollywood coasters through the lens of invisible forces! With our Science in the Park workbook on this page, you will take a look at scientific principles that predict movement. Who wouldn’t want to relate energy to roller coasters like Wild Eagle?! Yes, please! (Answers are included!)
For information about the mountains of natural beauty, don’t miss this page.
For some wildlife studies, we are proud to tell you about Raptor Academy. Our partners with American Eagle Foundation created these materials for you. There are lessons on specific birds of prey as well as instructions on how to build a nest box! Find it all on this page.
And when you’re at Dollywood, be sure to visit Eagle Mountain Sanctuary—it houses the largest population of non-releasable bald eagles in the country—and our Wings of America Theater where the American Eagle Foundation hosts a Birds of Prey show.
At Dollywood, we know Dolly Parton as our Dreamer-in-Chief. But to millions of children around the world, she’s better-known as the Book Lady. Her Imagination Library program mails monthly free books to registered children for the first five years of their life. During the shelter in place mandates, Dolly thought it would be comforting to read some of these books aloud for families with young children. My boys enjoyed the activity sheets Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library shared with these videos. Check them out on this page.