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NY State Standards
ELA1, MST2, MST4, SST1, SST3
LESSON PLAN SUMMARY
High Points on Smiley Road: A History of Huckleberry Pickers

Destination
Sam's Point Preserve
Heidi Wagner
845-647-7989

400 Sam's Point Road
P.O. Box 86
Cragsmoor, NY 12420
http://www.nature.org/samspoint
County Ulster
Subjects Social Studies, Science, English/Language Arts
Grade 7th Grade
Author Emma Sears, Heidi Wagner

This part of the Teaching Hudson Valley project focuses on the cultural history of the huckleberry pickers of the last century and the interdependence between native industries and environmental factors. In this case, the rugged ridge top with its layers of acidic soil, warm days and cool nights created the perfect environment for a bounty of wild huckleberries. It was also the perfect place for a summer camp community. These pre-activities are designed to familiarize students with the people and the industry, through photographs, and period news articles, prior to viewing the film which will introduce the students to some of the former huckleberry pickers.

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