OUTREACH EDUCATION PROGRAMS
National Park Service Mission:
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area Outreach Education Programs are committed to creating an awareness of and fostering an appreciation for the mission of the National Park Service and the natural, cultural, and historic resources of the two parks.
Programs are provided for over 10,000 preschool, K-12, college/university students, and lifelong learners in eleven communities and six school districts.
All of the K-12 outreach education units are linked to Colorado Content Standards, the National Science Teachers Association standards, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards, using primary National Park Service themes.
The parks' natural resources are appropriately used in experiential learning challenges. These education units are developed using the UCLA-Madeline Hunter method for unit design. Assessment models have been implemented for all educational units.
The parks' outreach education staff are participating members in GREEN (Gunnison Resource and Environmental Education Network) and the UCEA (Uncompahgre Conservation Education Alliance). The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area Outreach Education Program has received the Garrison Gold Award for regional excellence and the National Freeman Tilden Award for the Journeys to Wilderness Canyons distance learning project.
Outdoor learning sites include East Elk Creek, the Neversink and Dillon Pinnacles Trails and overlooks on the rim of the Black Canyon. Inclement weather alternatives are arranged when possible. School site programs are held in your classroom and on the school grounds. When possible, in-class programs include indoor and outdoor components.
Pre- and Post-Visit Activities
Did You Know?
The Black Canyon contains some of the oldest exposed rock on Earth. Precambrian, or “basement” rock, is nearly 2 billion years old.