• Curecanti National Recreation Area


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Third Grade


Beavers and humans are incredible manipulators of water for their special needs. This unit addresses dams, reservoirs, and hydroelectric power. (60 minutes)

Lesson Plan

Pre/Post Visit & In Classroom Activities (325k pdf)

Globes, Maps and GPS

The major features of our world will be investigated on globes and maps. Planimetric, topographic, landsat, and GPS/GIS maps will be examined and students will have the opportunity to create their own maps. This unit has been partially funded by the National Park Foundation's Parks as Classrooms program. (60 minutes)

Lesson Plan

Pre/Post Visit Activities - Vocabulary (308k pdf)

Pre-Activity (School Map) Crawford, CO (133k pdf)

Pre-Activity (School Map) Crested Butte, CO (53k pdf)

Pre-Activity (School Map) Delta, CO (112k pdf)

Pre-Activity (School Map) Gunnison, CO (70k pdf)

Pre-Activity (School Map) Hotchkiss, CO (62k pdf)

Pre-Activity (School Map) Lake City, CO (52k pdf)

Pre-Activity (School Map) Montrose, CO (81k pdf)

Pre-Activity (School Map) Olathe, CO (73k pdf)

Pre-Activity (School Map) Paonia, CO (70k pdf)

Did You Know?

Blue Mesa Reservoir

At 20 miles long and with 96 miles of shoreline, Blue Mesa Reservoir is the largest body of water in the state of Colorado.