Crater Lake National Park offers two different education programs for visiting school groups. One is our Classroom at Crater Lake program for upper elementary students. Participating classes come to the park twice during the school year - once in the fall, and again in the spring (on snowshoes!). Topics covered include geology, watersheds, and plant and animal adaptations.
Our other program focuses on Earthcaching for middle and high school students. The experience uses GPS units to find way points and learn more about the park. All programs are curriculum-based and tied to the Oregon State Content Standards.
Many resources for teaching about Crater Lake can be found here on our website, including field trip planning information, pre and post visit lessons, and lessons beyond science focusing on a variety of disciplines. For more information on the park's education programs, call (541) 594-3098.
Did You Know?
William Gladstone Steel worked for 17 years to convince Congress that a national park should be created to protect Crater Lake. He finally succeeded and the park was authorized on May 22, 1902.