Distance Learning

Ranger Chelsea leads a Distance Learning Program along the rim of the amphitheater
Ranger Chelsea leads a Distance Learning program along the rim of the amphitheater

Peter Densmore/NPS

Distance Learning Programs at Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park offers distance learning programs based on grade-level Utah SEEd Standards for schools, home-school groups and community organizations. Programs are typically held outdoors on location; during times of inclement weather conditions, the program will be moved indoors.
Topics include:

  • "Have a Bryce Day!," a general overview of the park.
  • "The Geology of Bryce Canyon," an exploration of the geology of our famous hoodoos.
  • "Lifecycles of the Rocks and Famous," which examines survival and the lifecycles of plants, animals and rocks.
  • "Ask a Ranger" is for groups and individuals who have specific questions about our site.
  • "Every Kid Outdoors," an introduction to the National Park Service (NPS) and the different kinds of rangers who work at the park. Geared for 4th graders, but everyone is welcome!

How to Register for a Distance Learning Program:

Requests for distance learning programs must be submitted two weeks before the lesson and up to 60 days in advance. Spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. All times listed are MST.
Please note: we require groups of ten or more for virtual programs.

Please have the following information ready:

  • Program of interest (see options below)
  • Desired dates and times for the scheduled program (include timezone)
  • Grade level
  • Number of participants (students and adults)
  • Platform for presentation

Book a Day and Time:

Bryce Canyon National Park Education Program Booking Calendar or contact the Bryce Canyon Education Program at BRCA_Education@nps.gov.

Three rangers stand behind a sign reading Bryce Canyon National Park
Rangers welcome you to the park!

NPS Photo


"Every Kid Outdoors" September/October

New in 2023/2024

Rangers discuss the National Park Service (NPS) and the different kinds of Rangers who work at the park. This is a good introduction to public lands' management and encourages students to become stewards of our precious natural resources and rich culture. Although designed to accompany the federal "Every Kid Outdoors" free annual pass program for 4th grade students, everyone is welcome to attend. Every Kid Outdoors
Duration: 30 minutes Grades 2 - 12, Adults

The following programs are available November 7 to December 15, 2023, and January 16 to March 31, 2024

Have a Bryce Day!

Have you ever wondered about the backstory of a National Park? Join a ranger and explore an overview of the stunning hoodoos, the unique animals and plants, and the rich cultural history of the area. Examine why Bryce Canyon was designated a National Park over 100 years ago. Discover how the National Park Service accomplishes its mission to preserve and protect the natural resources and cultural history of this timeless jewel for us and future generations. Learn about how you can be a part of the team.
Duration: 30 minutes Grades 2 - 12, Adults
Ranger Taryn Shows the Amphitheater to Virtual Classroom
Ranger Taryn shows the Amphitheater to virtual classroom

Jesse Gates/NPS

Hoodoos and the Geology of Bryce Canyon National Park

Description: On this virtual field trip, a park ranger will explore the formation of our famous hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park! Hoodoos are beautiful, bizarre, and colorful spires of rock that fill our amphitheater. During this lesson, the park ranger will explain how rocks and fossils can provide insight into ancient environments and how weathering and erosion sculpt magnificent landscapes. A discussion about how cultural preceptions over the past 800 years have shaped the preservation efforts of the Paunsaugunt Plateau.

Duration: 45 minutes Grades 3 - 8 and Adults

Subject: Science

Ranger Chelsea displays the skull of a pronghorn antelope
Ranger Chelsea displays the skull of a pronghorn antelope

Jesse Gates/NPS

Lifecycles and Adaptations at Bryce Canyon "Lifestyles of the Rocks and Famous"

New for 2023/2024

The lifecycles of our plants, animals and landscapes demonstrate the enduring success of nature in our high desert ecosystems. Change is everywhere, and we'll look at how all the pieces of the environmental puzzle adapt to make this home. We'll explore the ancient bristlecone pine's gnarled roots clinging to the crumbling amphitheater rim, the swift pronghorn as they avoid even the most masterful hunters, the other-worldly hoodoos dissolving right before our eyes, and the progression of the forested plateau into a meadow awaiting it's turn to become an amphitheater of eroding rock spires. By examining adaptations and variations, we’ll discover the patterns of change that determine lifecycles and insure survival on the Paunsaugunt Plateau.
Duration: 45 mins Grades 3 - 8, Adults

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Ranger Paula answers student inquiries

NPS Photo

Ask a Ranger!

Description: Do you have a burning question about Bryce Canyon National Park? Ask a park ranger about our geology, cultural history, wildlife, astronomy, or anything that comes to mind! For this program, students will submit their questions and have them answered in real time to learn more about this special place.
Duration: 30 minutes

Three prairie dogs stand together in the snow
Learn more about the Utah Prairie Dog!

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Prairie Dog Days (Not Currently Available)

Endemic to south central Utah, the Utah Prairie dogs thrive in the protected meadows of Bryce Canyon National Park. Join a ranger on a virtual field trip and learn the importance of Bryce Canyon National Park’s keystone species. Learn about their unique adaptations, their complex relationships in the environment with its various inhabitants, as well as the efforts being taken by the National Park Service and its partners to protect this integral species. To help celebrate the important of this species, Bryce Canyon hosts an annual “Utah Prairie Dog Days” festival. During this fun week visitors learn more about this burrowing animal biology and behavior, conservation issues, where and when to see the Utah Prairie Dogs at Bryce Canyon National Park.
45 mins Grade Levels: K-12th grade

Amazing Animal Adaptations (Not Currently Available)

Incredibly dark nights and deadly predators roaming around makes living in Bryce Canyon National Park a difficult task! Students will learn how a variety of animals have adaptations to survive this harsh environment that changes dramatically from season to season. Test your knowledge by correctly identifying our "mystery animals" and what adaptations they may have developed for survival.
30 minutes Grade Levels: 3rd – 5th Grade

Last updated: August 24, 2023

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P.O Box 640201
Bryce, UT 84764


435 834-5322
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