Grand Canyon National Park's free distance learning programs offer students an exciting introduction to the science behind the park.
Canyon Connections presents Grand Canyon's five major ecosystems and the various plants and animals living in them. Through a live and interactive lesson with park rangers via the Internet, students journey from rim to river as they learn major concepts of ecology such as biodiversity, adaptation, food chains, and conservation. The program lasts about one hour.
How to Participate
Registration begins in early September each year; programs take place from November through March. Schools must have video conferencing capability to dial the park's IP address at the scheduled time, or they can participate online via Skype.
Download Distance Learning program information. (updated Aug. 8, 2013)
Download Distance Learning program registration form: as PDF File - as JPG Photo File
Once you are scheduled for a distance learning program, the following links access the lesson plans and materials needed to prepare your students.
- Pre-activity lesson plan
- "Grand Canyon Ecosystems" student article
- Ecology Worksheet
- Student pre-assessment
- Student post-assessment
- Grade Levels:
- Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
- Biology: Animals, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Wildlife Biology
- National/State Standards:
- NS.K-4.3 Life Science
NS.5-8.2 Physical Science
NS.5-8.3 Life Science
NS.5-8.7 History and Nature of Science