NPS photos by Michael Quinn
Grand Canyon National Park's free distance learning programs offer students an exciting introduction to the science behind the park.
In Ancient Life, students become paleontologists as they explore Grand Canyon's fossil record through a live and interactive lesson with park rangers via the Internet. By examining the canyon's fossils, rock layers, and current environments, students learn to use observations and inferences to hypothesize about past environments. They also participate in a game to learn what it takes to become a fossil. The program lasts about one hour.
How to Participate
Registration begins in October each year. Schools must have video conferencing capability to dial the park's IP address at the scheduled time, or they can participate online via Skype.To Register:
- Follow the instructions on the 2015-2016 Distance Learning Registration Form (PDF 278KB)
Once you are scheduled for a distance learning program, the following links access the lesson plans and materials needed to prepare your students.
- Fossilization Game Lesson Plan (268KB PDF)This lesson is conducted by the ranger during your program; please print the cards prior to your scheduled program.
- Ancient Life National Standards (166KB PDF)
- Fossilization game cards
- Student pre-assessment
- Student post-assessment
- Climate Change, Earth Science, Geology, Landscapes, Paleontology, Physical Science
- National/State Standards:
- NS.K-4.1 Science as Inquiry
NS.K-4.3 Life Science
NS.K-4.4 Earth and Space Science
NS.K-4.6 Personal and Social Perspectives
NS.5-8.3 Life Science
NS.5-8.4 Earth and Space Science
- Distance Learning