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  • Humpback whales travel to Glacier Bay each summer from Hawaii

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    Acoustics 3: On The Trail of a Whale

    Tracking whale migrations with sound! Explore »

  • Students view a sunset over a lake

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    Water Poetry

    Explore the water cycle at the Everglades Explore »

  • Collage: Three images of Douglass at different stages in his life

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    "Journey from Slavery to Statesman": The Homes of Frederick Douglass - A Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plan

    Follow Frederick Douglass on his journey from life as a slave to that of a respected statesman. Explore »

  • A kindergarten student taking a close up look at a plant in Shenandoah.

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    Come to Your Senses

    A child investigates the world and learns about his/her surroundings Explore »

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Mountain Farm Museum: Field Trip Post-Site Part 2 - Grade 4 (North Carolina)

    Mountain Farm Museum: Field Trip Post-Site Part 2 - Grade 4 (North Carolina)

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for its scenic beauty, rich biodiversity, and continuum of human history. This activity provides an opportunity for students to learn about other national park sites and why they are protected. This unit is broken into three parts. The overall unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by one preparation activity and two wrap-up activities. This is part 2 of the wrap up activity of the unit.

  • Shenandoah National Park

    Shenandoah National Park: Gem of the Blue Ridge

    Shenandoah National Park: Gem of the Blue Ridge

    Shenandoah National Park is an important natural and cultural resource in Virginia’s Blue Ridge geographic region. Students in the 9 Virginia counties that border this long and narrow national park will discover those resources and the National Park Service mission with ranger-led in-class activities such as modeling park careers, analyzing artifacts, investigating geologic samples, and writing creative responses while gaining classroom knowledge about Virginia’s history, geology and geography.

  • White Sands National Monument

    Leapin' Lizards

    Through many years of changing habitats and adapting to their surroundings, most of our lizards are white in coloration. Take a look at a whiptail and some of the interesting patterns and colors that have been produced through selection and breeding over hundreds of years. Invent your own lizard with colors that would help him hide in your choice of environment!

  • Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site

    Lights, Camera, Action Lesson Plan

    Brown v. Board of Education and the Civil Rights Movement are brought alive by students dressing, reading, and acting the stories of people involved in the struggle for equal rights. These stories tell who they are and why they chose to be a part of the Brown v. Board of Education lawsuit and the Civil Rights Movement.

  • Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

    Bears Through the Seasons

    Bears Through the Seasons

    Seasons are reinforced through a comparison of how humans and bears adapt to seasonal change. Available in Spring Only.

  • River Raisin National Battlefield Park

    Treaty Negotiations

    Treaty Negotiations

    In the early history of the United States problems with Great Britain still existed. This culminated with the War of 1812. This lesson will explore the problems that existed between Great Britain and the United States that led to the war. This lesson will also discuss the signing of the Treaty of Ghent and Treaty of Spring Wells and how it affected not only the United States and Great Britain, but the Native American nations that were involved.

  • Mojave National Preserve

    Teacher Guides

    Bring the Mojave Desert to your students. Review our teacher guides.

  • The Octagon of Washington, D.C.: The House that Helped Build a Capital - A Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plan

    The Octagon of Washington, D.C.: The House that Helped Build a Capital - A Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plan

    In this lesson, students learn about how a late-18th century compromise between the northern and southern politicians led to the establishment of a new capital city on the banks of the Potomac River, and they will also discover how The Octagon, a National Historic Landmark, and its residents contributed to the new city’s success. Students will use primary and secondary source materials to investigate the historic house and its neighborhood.

  • Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

    What Are Human Rights?

    What Are Human Rights?

    Our NEW 5th Grade program immerses students in Eleanor Roosevelt's legacy and her work with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Learning about Eleanor Roosevelt allows children to explore the story behind the UDHR. This is a 5th Grade Core Curriculum-based program.

  • Snow Characteristics

    Snow Characteristics

    Students take temperatures at different depths in the snow and compare them to the air temperature. Variations for students to see where in the snow jello will solidify fastest, and for catching and classifying snowflake shapes are presented.