Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park placed its new instructional Web site on the Internet two weeks ago.
Ranger Rebecca Karcher, who oversees the park’s educational programs, said educators in Catoosa and Walker counties as well as anyone else in the world can utilize the site dedicated to the Civil War and, more specifically, the September 1863 Battle of Chickamauga.
“There are pre-lesson and post-lesson plans,” she said. “Teachers who are bringing their class to the battlefield can look at what they’re going to see and can follow-up with lessons afterwards. This park is such an important resource, and it’s right in our own backyard.”
The Web site was funded by a $2,500 grant courtesy of Friends of the Park.
Karcher said the nation’s oldest military park already works with Catoosa County Schools as part of Partnership 2000, offering programs such as guided school tours at the park and classroom presentations.
“We get the whole spectrum who visit — from pre-school to college,” she said.
883,000 people visited the 9,000-plus-acre park last year.
Karcher said Atlanta area schools frequently visit the park. She said she has given guided tours to school groups from as far away as Indiana and Hawaii.
“Hopefully, this upcoming school year a lot of teachers will be looking at the Web site,” she said.
The park previously offered binders filled with Civil War information that area teachers could request, but the Web site affords better availability for schools and flexibility in changing information on the site, Karcher said