The World in Our Backyard

The World in Our Backyard

The World in Our Backyard programs have been created by teachers, for teachers, in order to provide the following:

  • A learning environment that has unique and interactive exhibits.
  • A curriculum that equips you with the knowledge and understanding of different cultures.
  • A personal experience that forever changes your perspective of the world.


  17200 Bridgeton Lane, Huntersville, NC 28078



North Carolina

Program description

The World in Our Backyard is extremely proud of our newest 45-60 minute program developed for fourth grade students to enhance their study of North Carolina.

With the assistance of North Carolina educators, our in-school field trip was developed to support the North Carolina Common Core State Standards and the Essential State Standards and to engage students in a fun way through the use of photographs, artifacts, historical costumes and traditional entertainment.

Students will learn about the geographic regions, landforms and natural resources of North Carolina. They will explore how the changing needs of its people impacted social, economic and political institutions. The experiences and contributions of many diverse North Carolinians will be shared. Each student will participate as a part of history, by being dressed up and introduced as an historical figure, beginning with the Native Americans and continuing to the present.

The following four North Carolina programs are offered:

Coastal Plains

Piedmont as a Colony

Native Americans – Croatan, Roanoac

Native Americans – Pee Dee, Saponi, Waxhaw, Catawba

Queen, King, Colonists, Pirates

Moravians – Girls of Salem

Revolutionary Soldiers – Loyalist, Patriot, Militia

Scots-Irish – Spratts, Polks, Daniel Boone

Civil War Soldiers – Confederate, Union

Patriots – Captain Jack, General William R. Davie

Innovators – Wright Brothers, Pharmacist Bradham

Loyalist – General Cornwallis

Armed Service Members – Army, Marine, Air Force

Militia – Patriots, Loyalists

Farmers – Livestock, Cash Crop

NC Governor, Citizens


Mountain Region 

Piedmont as a State

Native Americans – Cherokee

Presidents – Andrew Jackson and James Polk

Scots-Irish – Daniel Boone

Settlers – Conrad Reed

Cherokee – Dragging Canoe, Tsali, Sequoia

Civil War Soldiers – Confederate and Union

Innovators – Elisha Mitchell, George Van der Bilt

President – Andrew Johnson

Miners, Musicians, Park Rangers

Tabacco icons – James Duke, JR Reynolds

Crafters, Farmers

College students – Duke, NC State, UNC

College students – Appalachian, WCU

Businesses – doctors, bankers, pilot, sport fans


Booking / scheduling contact

Ineke Van der Meulen


Program detail
Artistic discipline:
Cultural Origin:
Program type: Day Trip, Residency
Population served: Grade 4
Subject: Social Studies / History
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Call us for available dates.

Available times:

During school hours

Length of program: 45-60 minute programs
Space / technical requirements:

We set up in one classroom and the classes rotate.


At your school.

Fees / Ticketing:

$5 a student per program. When you book all four NC programs the price is $4 a student.


NC Standard Course of Study:

• We help the students by explaining events, procedures, ideas, concepts in a historical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the presentation on North Carolina.(RI.3)

• We explain the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in the presentation relevant to the North Carolina history study. (RI.4)

• We give information visually through photos and artifacts; orally through our stories and historical facts in our presentation; and through interactive dressing up each student as a person in North Carolina history.(RI.7)

NC Essential Standards:

• Our programs summarize the change in cultures, everyday life and status of indigenous American Indian group in North Carolina before and after European exploration. We explain how and why North Carolina was established and how people, events and developments brought about changes to communities in various regions of North Carolina. (4.H.1)

• Our programs analyze North Carolina’ role in major conflicts and wars from the Pre-Colonial period through Reconstruction. We explain why important buildings, statues, monuments and place names are associated with the state’s history and we explain the historical significance of North Carolina’s state symbols. (4.H.2)

• Our programs summarize changes that have occurred in North Carolina, population growth, transportation, communication, inventions and land use. We explain the impact that human activity has on the availability of natural resources in North Carolina and the interactions of various peoples, places and cultures in term of adaption and modification of the environment. (4.G.1)


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

Let us know ahead of time.