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Sesame Street Explores Grand Canyon

(left to right) Murray and Elmo from Sesame Street, a California condor and Park Ranger Amala standing in front of the Grand Canyon.
Join Muppets Elmo and Murray from Sesame Street to learn about Grand Canyon and California condors from Ranger Amala

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In a series of three short videos, fun-loving Muppets Elmo and Murray from Sesame Street don ranger hats and join Ranger Amala to learn about Grand Canyon habitats, the seasons of the year and California Condor families that live in caves within canyon walls. They encourage children across the country to use all of their senses to investigate and observe the outdoors.

An Educator's guide and accompanying hand-on activities, can help you support your students' innate sense of awe, wonder and curiosity as you explore nature with them at your National Park, local park or even in your own backyard.

How to Participate

Watch the videos online on the National Park Service YouTube Site:
Grand Canyon Families: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJYUcv0m3Lw
Grand Canyon Habitat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SG7GHhuWFqk
Grand Canyon Seasons: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzopYP8JAmw

Or, if you have a DVD player in your classroom...
Download the DVD image file (ISO file) Your DVD burner software can burn a DVD from this file.
http://www.nps.gov/featurecontent/grca/sesame-grca-455mb.iso (455 MB iso file)

Internet Explorer: right click - "save target as"
Safari: "download linked file"
Firefox: "save link as"
Chrome: "save link as"

(The ISO file, also called a disc image, is a single file that's a copy of an entire DVD. When you burn a DVD from an ISO file, the new disc has the same folders, files, and properties as the original disc.)

Downloadable Support Materials and Activities:
(Includes content for Grand Canyon National Park and Gateway National Recreational Area)
Educators Guide (1.97 MB pdf)
Companion Video Tips (104 kb pdf)
Nature Words/ Vocabulary (600 kb pdf)

Kid's Nature Journal (1.2 MB pdf)
Nature Scavenger Hunt Activity (544 kb pdf)
Nature Badge Coloring Page (471 kb pdf)
Iron-on Nature Badge (714 kb pdf)
National Park Coloring Page (531 kb pdf)

You may also watch the videos and download the hands-on activities on the Sesame Street Website:
http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/topicsandactivities/topics/nature

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