“Within Our Own Backyard: Exploring Arabian Mountain National Heritage Trail”, King’s winning program idea, is designed to elevate students’ understanding of the importance of the National Heritage Trail. Students will be exposed to landmarks, history, culture, environments and life along the trail. Through a hands-on approach, visual arts students will have the opportunity to make pottery in the style of the early Creek Native Americans and create large paintings based on their sketches of the Arabian Mountain Heritage Trail. They also will have the opportunity to learn about the animal and plant life that flourishes in the area and the historic farm culture that is found along the Trail. In addition to discussing the Native American Creek inhabitants that thrived along the South River, they also will visit one of the early slave cemeteries found along the Arabian Mountain Heritage Trail. King, who lives in Covington, hopes her students will be positively impacted by learning about the rich history within their own backyard along the Arabian Mountain Heritage Trail.