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    National Historical Park New Mexico

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For Teachers


Pecos elementary school field trip students heading to a day of activities with rangers at the park.

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Be sure and take a look at the NPS website designed especially for teachers.

Pecos National Historical Park provides many learning opportunities (history, nature, geology, culture) for teachers and their students, including ranger-led programs and self-guided field trips. To plan a school field trip and/or request a fee waiver, please click here.

For links that provide ideas for teaching about history, nature, and culture, see the list below.

For reproducible copies of primary documents from the holdings of the National Archives, go to this link. Lectures, demonstrations, analysis of documents, independent research, and group work can become a gateway for research with historical records in ways that sharpen students' skills and enthusiasm for history, social studies, and the humanities when using primary documents.

Teaching with Historic Places is a National Park Service site that uses properties listed in the NPS National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects. Visit the link to access lesson plans and other resources to help bring historic places into your classroom.

  • NPS: Explore Nature-Educational Resources
  • To find Federal Resources for Educational Excellence lesson plans related to New Mexico, click here.
  • For "Curriculum-Based Programs in Your National Parks," visit this link.
  • Here's a great Forest Service/Rocky Mountain Research Station science site for kids...you don't have to live in Idaho to get some great lesson plan ideas here.
  • For lesson plans and ideas about teaching history with a connection to learning about archeology, visit the Crow Canyon Archeological Center education pages.
  • For a series of new National Park Service-centered science learning videos, go to the North Coast Cascades Science Learning Network (SLN) website and begin with "Taking the Pulse of the National Parks." Each movie is about four minutes long. Students will see scientists work to preserve park ecological health and historical riches; you'll find information about glaciers, intertidal zones, and wind-swept prairies.
  • For engaging lesson ideas about Natural Sound resources, visit this NPS link and scroll down to the "Explore Sounds" selections on the left-hand side of the page. Students can hear sound clips by linking here.
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Ranger Roger works with field-trip students on a project at Pecos National Historical Park.
Park Photo by Sarah Blatter

Did You Know?

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From 1821 to 1880, the Santa Fe Trail was a major commerce and travel route from Independence, MO to Santa Fe, NM. The trail took traders many weeks to traverse in often inhospitable conditions. Today visitors to the park can see trail evidence and in the summer months, take a ranger-guided tour of ruts and a structure that was a popular stage stop on the trail.