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Sesame Street Explores National Parks


Elmo, Murray, and Park Ranger Amala From Grand Canyon.

Elmo and Murray Discover the Wonders
of Grand Canyon and Gateway

Travel with fun-loving Muppets Elmo and Murray from Sesame Street to two of America's most popular national parks in the new online series Sesame Street Explores National Parks.

Six short videos and accompanying hands-on activities introduce preschoolers to the natural world of habitats, seasons, and animal families. This series is a partnership between Sesame Street, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation.
Sesame Street's Elmo and Murray don ranger hats and join Park Rangers Amala at Grand Canyon National Park, and Ranger Shalini at Gateway National Recreation Area, to learn what makes National Parks such special places.

Come along; join Elmo and Murray with Ranger Amala to learn about Grand Canyon habitats, the seasons of the year, and California condor families that live in caves in the canyon walls.

Watch Elmo, Murray, and Ranger Amala Explore National Parks on YouTube

Sesame Street Video Playlist on the NPS YouTube Channel
Click on the photo to view the entire playlist - or click on buttons to watch individual videos on the National Park Service's YouTube channel.
Grand Canyon National Park Videos
Gateway National Recreation Area Videos
Grand Canyon Families Gateway Families (Nests)
Grand Canyon Habitats Gateway Habitats
Grand Canyon Seasons Gateway Seasons
After viewing the videos, you may download the set of hands-on activities and helpful tips on how to explore the habitats and discover animals that live in your community. Take your children and friends outdoors and complete these activities in your own backyard or local park.
Thumbnails of three downloads: educators guide, video tips, nature words.
Each download contains the information for both parks.

Educators Guide (1.97 MB pdf)

Companion Video Tips (104 kb pdf)

Nature Words/ Vocabulary (600 kb pdf)
Thumbnails of six printable Sesame Street activity pages.

You may also watch the videos and download the activities on the Sesame Street Website:

Did You Know?


The Cambrian seas of the Grand Canyon were home to several kinds of trilobite, whose closest living relative is the modern horsehoe crab. They left their fossil record in the mud of the Bright Angel Shale over 500 million years ago.