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Ranger Visit to Classroom

A ranger will visit your classroom to lead students in structured activities relating their study of the sciences to Joshua Tree National Park. All education programs are curriculum-based (California State Education Standards) and free of charge.

Follow the steps outlined below to schedule a ranger visit to your classroom.

Select A Program
Joshua Tree National Park rangers offer in-class programs. Each program lasts one hour. Programs must be scheduled one month prior to date presented. Programs dates are on a first come, first served basis. Once a program date is confirmed, it cannot be changed.

Downloadable Program List

Who Lives in a National Park? (Pre-K & K)
Through the use of puppets, students learn the differences among zoo animals, pets, and wildlife. Students learn about the native animals of Joshua Tree National Park. [Standards]

Furry Flyers: Desert Bats (1st & 2nd Grades)
Allows students to explore the important role bats play in our desert ecosystem. [Standards]

Tooth and Claw (1st & 2nd Grades)
Engages students by demonstrating how animals survive in their environment by introducing predator/prey relationships. [Standards]

What Do Rangers Do? (1st & 2nd Grades)
Helps students understand the importance of national parks and the variety of different jobs performed by park rangers. [Standards]

Earth's Bare Bones: Desert Minerals (2nd Grade)
Explores the mineral composition of the park's rocks and help students identify those minerals. [Standards]

Early People of the Desert (3rd & 4th Grades)
Students explore how California's early peoples lived and survived in the local desert region. [Standards]

Desert Adaptations (4th Grade)
Engages students in exploring how plants and animals are adapted to the desert. [Standards]

Wasteland or Wonderland: Desert Systems (4th Grade)
Help students understand that a desert is an ecosystem made up of many elements that are interconnected. [Standards]

Layers Upon Layers (5th &6th Grades)
Engages students in a hands-on activity using real artifacts to learn about the science of archeology and the work done by archeologists, both in the field and in the lab. [Standards]

Tortoise, Tortoise (Middle School/Junior High)
Students study the threatened desert tortoise through scientific study practices using tortoise replicas. [Standards]

National Park Service Careers (High School)
Students explore the importance of national parks and the types of jobs required to manage these special places. [Standards]

Discovering the Ancients: Science in Action (High School)
Helps students understand the ages of desert plants and how botanists determine them. (This in-class program can be followed up with an in-park experience.) [Standards]

Climate Change 101 (High School)
Reviews the basic science of climate change through a ranger-led talk, followed by a discussion of how climate change is currently affecting Joshua Tree National Park and its potential future consequences.


Submit a Reservation Request Form
Download, completely fill out, and return via email or standard mail.

Things to keep in mind while filling out this form:

- Allow time between classes
- Only one programs topic per day
- Include lunch/recess/minimum day information

- Limit programs to one class per program

In-Class Program Reservation Request Form

Receive Confirmation
Once we receive your request form, we'll add you to our calendar and send you a confirmation email that includes pre- and post- visit activities and information about the visit. You can also find lesson plan and activity materials here: Curriculum Materials.

Prepare Your Class
Our rangers are committed to presenting an engaging educational program to your class. We need a commitment from YOU, our school partners, for success:

1) Please prepare students with pre-visit materials provided and have program setup ready (if applicable);
2) Your assistance throughout the program in maintaining the attention, focus, and good behavior of your students;

3) Follow up with post-visit activities (if applicable).

With your assistance we're certain a ranger visit to your classroom will be a memorable and educational event for all of your students!

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