Distance Learning

Canyon Connections

Cottonwood trees growing by Burro Spring on the Tonto Platform, 3,060 ft (933 m) below the South Rim.

Cottonwood trees growing in the Burro Spring drainage, 3,060 ft (933 m) below the South Rim.

NPS photo by Michael Quinn

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.

To register:

View the Program Bulletin for more information 
Follow the instructions on the 2015-2016 Distance Learning program registration form (PDF 278KB)

Program Materials:

Once you are scheduled for a distance learning program, the following links access the lesson plans and materials needed to prepare your students.

After the program, please participate in our online program evaluation to help us improve our educational efforts.


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
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