• Capulin Volcano National Monument by J. Unruh

    Capulin Volcano

    National Monument New Mexico

Curriculum Materials

Whether you plan a field trip or invite a ranger for a classroom visit, extend your students learning to the great outdoors by using Capulin Volcano National Monument. Capulin offers a variety of programs tied to curriculum standards and geared toward students of all ages.

Trunk Programs

We recognize that not every classroom can visit Capulin Volcano. In order to accommodate these classrooms, we have created traveling trunks to help teachers bring our park to their students. Trunks are available for reservation using the form below. Reservation requires the payment of a small fee to cover the cost of shipping. Currently, rangers have prepared two trunks covering the volcanic process. Each trunk includes lesson plans, rock samples, loupes, and a copy of the ten minute film Capulin Volcano.

Trunk Request Form

Ranger-Guided Curriculum Based Education Programs

Our ranger-guided education programs are curriculum standards-based with an emphasis on the natural and cultural resources of the park. Most programs can be given in your classroom or at the park. The programs will vary in length and can be tailored to the needs of your students.

Curriculum-based lessons are available for grades Pre-K through 12th grade and can be requested by using the form below. Although Capulin Volcano offers several different programs, new programs are routinely created so check back for updates.

Program Request Form

Grades Pre-K-2

The Diverse Life (science, language arts) Students join a Park Ranger on a short nature hike to explore biodiversity. Students then create their own paper bag puppet of an animal or insect of their choice.

Grades 3-5

The Diverse Life (science, language arts) Students join a Park Ranger on a short nature hike to explore biodiversity. Students then create their own paper bag puppet of an animal or insect of their choice.

I Lava Volcanoes! (Science) Students learn about the four types of volcanoes, how volcanoes are formed, and the geological forces that create eruptions. Students will have the opportunity to create their own miniature eruptions to better understand how gas build up can affect a volcanic eruption and watch a larger eruption created by a park ranger.

Grades 6-8

I Lava Volcanoes! (Science) Students learn about the four types of volcanoes, how volcanoes are formed, and the geological forces that create eruptions. Students will have the opportunity to create their own miniature eruptions to better understand how gas build up can affect a volcanic eruption and watch a larger eruption created by a park ranger.

Grades 9-12

I Lava Volcanoes! (Science) Students learn about the four types of volcanoes, how volcanoes are formed, and the geological forces that create eruptions. Students will have the opportunity to create their own eruptions to better understand how gas build up can affect a volcanic eruption.

 

Did You Know?

color photograph of pincushion cactus with blossom

Desert plants such as cacti may be found in the monument as the average yearly rainfall is only 15 inches.