• View of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from the Marin Headlands, looking across the bay back towards San Francisco, seen in the distance.

    Golden Gate

    National Recreation Area California

Rings, Ripples,& Echoes

Grades K-5

To participate in Rings, Ripples, & Echoes please phone for a reservation. We need 2 to 3 weeks advance notice. We would also be happy to talk to you more about this educational opportunity. Reservations necessary: please call (415) 388-2596.
 
Sun streams through the fog
 
A trail leads deeper into the forest
 

Your students travel on a self-guided inquiry-based journey through Muir Woods and other natural communities along the Redwood Creek Watershed. They consider the interrelationships of the forest communities and understand the healthy patterns of a forest habitat.

Getting Ready for the Park Visit In Muir Woods National Monument

National Park Service staff will greet you and your class when you arrive at Muir Woods. Staff will conduct a 15-minute talk on the ecosystem in a special outdoor classroom. Also, you will be provided with self-guides to aid you while hiking in the woods. Groups at the park on an educational visit will receive an admission-fee waiver.

Rings, Ripples, & Echoes uses the Understanding by Design framework, and aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Standards.

To download the K-2nd grade Rings, Ripples, & Echoes Understanding by Design grid, please click here.

To download the 3rd-4th grade Rings, Ripples, & Echoes Understanding by Design grid, please click here.

To download the 5th grade Rings, Ripples, & Echoes Understanding by Design grid, please click here.

Program Description

Rings, Ripples, and Echoes is framed by the Essential Question –

K-2nd Grade – "What do living things need to survive in their habitat?"

3rd-4th Grade: "How do living things thrive in their habitat?"

5th Grade: "How are our cultures influenced by where we live?"

Rings, Ripples, & Echoes is structured in three parts:

Classroom preparation – lessons delivered by the teacher with resources provided by the park

Field session – the forest experience in which students investigate the forest, engage in scientific inquiry, and discuss cultural uses of the land

Classroom Assessment - opportunities for students to demonstrate what they have learned through writing stories, illustrated poems, or developing models based on evidence gleaned from plant identification cards, information on Coast Miwok land use, and their own forest visit.

To download the K-2nd grade Teacher's Guide and program description, please click here.

To download K-2nd grade pre-site activities, please click here.

To download the 3rd-4th grade Teacher's Guide and program description, please click here.

To download the 3rd - 4th grade pre-site activities, please click here.

To download the 5th grade Teacher's Guide and program description, please click here.

To download the 5th grade pre-site materials, please click here.

Download a redwood forest animal guide.
Download a redwood forest plant guide.
Learn how to make a nature journal.

Please visit the Save the Redwoods League website to get more information on Redwood Forests.

Please note: The narrow, winding road leading to the park is not accessible by vehicles larger than 35 feet, according to the regulation of the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

Did You Know?

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