Sesame Street Explores National Parks
Elmo and Murray Discover the Wonders
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
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.
You may also watch the videos and download the activities on the Sesame Street Website:
Did You Know?
Within the Grand Canyon, the type and abundance of organisms is directly related to the presence or absence of water. The Colorado River and its tributaries, as well as springs, seeps, stock tanks and ephemeral pools provide oases to flora and fauna in this semi-arid southwest desert area.