• Photo of golden aspen with Hallet Peak in the background. NPS Photo by J. Frank

    Rocky Mountain

    National Park Colorado

Teacher Guides

Our National Parks Teacher Guide Cover

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Our National Parks (2372 kb) - National Parks are a uniquely American idea. National Parks in the United States are owned by the American people. The "Our National Parks" Teacher Guide focuses on the creation of national parks, the history of Rocky Mountain National Park, and the roles of park rangers.

 
Elk Ecology and Management Teacher Guide Cover

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Elk Ecology and Management (720 kb) - Elk are one of the many reasons people visit Rocky Mountain National Park. The "Elk Ecology and Management" Teacher Guide provides background information on elk, details interactions between humans and elk past and present, and current management action plans.

 
Ecosystems of Rocky Teacher Guide Cover

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Ecosystems of Rocky (1014 kb) - To understand the park as a whole, and how all of its living organisms thrive, it is best to learn about the characteristics of each ecosystem and to compare them in order to see the story of survival and beauty in Rocky Mountain National Park. The "Ecosystems of Rocky" Teacher Guide discusses in detail Rocky's four ecosystems.

 
Fire Ecology Teacher Guide Cover

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Fire Ecology (1264 kb) - Fire plays an important role in many ecosystems. It is a natural, episodic event on the same level as other natural occurrences, such as tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods. The "Fire Ecology" Teacher Guide explains how for many ecosystems, fire is essential for succession, regeneration, and maintenance of healthy forests.

 
Winter Ecology Teacher Guide Cover

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Winter Ecology (1157 kb) - Winter is the longest season in Rocky Mountain National Park lasting up to seven months in some ecosystems. Winter is characterized by cold temperatures and wind chills, short days, low light, and slow growing seasons. These characteristics can prove very challenging and make winter the most difficult season for plants, animals, and humans. The "Winter Ecology" Teacher Guide tells stories of winter survival for all who call Rocky Mountain National Park home.

 
Aquatic Ecology Teacher Guide Cover

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Aquatic Ecology (1174 kb) - Rocky Mountain National Park was set aside to protect and preserve the ecosystems, habitats, plants, animals, vistas, and water resources of the Rocky Mountains. The protection of many of these resources, especially the water resources that begin here, is vital to the health of the park's ecosystems and the many of life within. Understanding watershed structure and natural processes is crucial to understanding that certain factors can either degrade or improve the condition of a watershed. The "Aquatic Ecology" Teacher Guide lays out the importance of an area’s water quality, animal populations, and riparian zones as well as how to monitor these resources.
 
Geology Teacher Guide Cover

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Geology (2105 kb) - Rocky Mountain National Park is a unique and beautiful place. The park is made up of several geologic processes working together for billions of years creating the dynamic beauty you see today.This teacher guide is intended to give an overview of all the geologic history with details of the key events.

 
Front Range Flood Teacher Guide Cover

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Front Range Floods (1242 kb) - In September of 2013, Colorado experienced its most extensive flooding event in the state's history. The media would portray this flood event as "unprecedented", when in fact flooding is quite common throughout the history of Colorado's Front Range. There were three factors, however, which set this particular flood apart from the other events.


Did You Know?

a photo of Elizabeth Burnell, the nation's first female nature guide

Rocky Mountain National Park licensed the nation’s first female nature guides in 1917. Sisters Ester and Elizabeth Burnell learned the naturalist trade from advocate and author Enos Mills.