Distance Learning

Channel Islands Live Hike: What’s in Your Backpack, Park Ranger?

Park ranger wtih child on beach.

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Students explore park ranger jobs through meeting a ranger in an interactive distance learning program. Students learn about job responsibilities by using objects from the ranger's backpack as discussion prompts. Program was specially developed for classes reading Exploring Parks with Ranger Dockett in their Houghton Mifflin Harcourt language arts textbook. Can be adapted for other grade levels.

Broadcast length: 30 minutes

Grade level: Second

Objectives addressed:

  • Give one reason why we have national parks.
  • Explain one job park rangers have.
  • Share whether or not you would like to be a park ranger and why.
  • Share one way you can help protect national parks.

Program Documents

How to Participate

To schedule a Channel Islands Live distance learning program:

  1. Download and submit the Program Reservation Form at least 30 days in advance. A confirmation will be sent by email. (Save the PDF fillable form to your computer, add your information in the required fields, save it again, and then attach it to an email or fax it. The email address and fax number are listed on the form.)

  2. Follow one of these set-up instructions and run required tests:
    Preparing for a Channel Islands Live Broadcast Using Movi Software
    Preparing for a Channel Islands Live Broadcast Using Video Conferencing Equipment

  3. Provide this document to your IT support, if needed:
    Distance Learning Network and Equipment Requirements.

  4. On the day of broadcast, follow one of these instructions:
    Channel Islands Live Day of Broadcast Instructions Using Movi Software
    Channel Islands Live Day of Broadcast Instructions Using Video Conferencing Equipment

Spaces are limited and request forms are handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Education programs are offered Wednesdays from September to mid-June between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Be sure to keep any time differences in mind when requesting programs.

If a live program is not available, archived programs can be used with program lesson plans. Other curriculum materials can also help educators explore the park with their students and meet their curriculum needs.

For additional information contact: Education Coordinator or call 805-658-5735.


Conservation, Environment, Government
National/State Standards:
California/history/social science—Grade 2.3
careers, jobs, park ranger, ocean, oceans, island, islands
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