• Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

    Black Canyon Of The Gunnison

    National Park Colorado

Fourth Grade

Die, Adapt or Move

Students learn about how all living things are dependent upon their habitat and what the consequences are when their habitat undergoes change. (60 minutes)

Lesson Plan

Pre/Post Visit & In Classroom Activities (223k pdf)






Colorado Geology

Colorado is a state that is rich in mining history and is economically dependent upon the mining industry. After an overview of this industry, students will use color, streak, luster, and hardness tests to identify a variety of Colorado minerals. (60 minutes)

Lesson Plan

Pre/Post Visit & In Classroom Activities (209k pdf)






The Gunnison River: Neversink (Field Trip) An in-depth field experience highlighting a riparian habitat and the dynamics of a Western river. (3 hours)

Lesson Plan

Pre/Post Visit Activities (154k pdf)






A Geological Phenomenon (Field Trip)

Rangers will lead students to various overlooks at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, where they will explore the geologic events that formed the canyon and the forces of nature that continue to sculpt the magnificent Black Canyon of the Gunnison. (2-4 hours)

Lesson Plan

Field Trip Activities (87k pdf)

Ranger Guide for Warner Point Trail (58k pdf)

Did You Know?

Crystal Dam

Before the creation of 3 dams upstream of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, the Gunnison River was as much as 5 times more powerful than it is today.