The student workbooks will be provided by the park. Students will work in groups of 5 to 7 and share one book between them. The adult chaperone (required) with the small group will assist the students in finding each outdoor sign and understanding the content.
Answers for the questions are in the form of a 'rubbing plate' that a student will use. The printable version of the workbook (PDF 1.4K) has blank pages on the reverse of the question pages due to this rubbing technique. The page is placed over a rock tile mounted on the base of the outdoor sign (called a 'wayside') and a special crayon (provided) is rubbed on the paper causing the tile's engraved word or image to transfer to the work book. This is very similar to how tombstone rubbings are created, if you are familiar with that technique.
A review copy of the workbook, without the blank pages can be downloaded (PDF 1.4K) for teacher use. Please notice the extra wide margins on the page. Questions for students beyond the 4th grade level may be added to stickers applied in these margins. Currently, teachers requesting the field trip will need to provide the additional questions, it is hoped that the 2016 Summer Teacher-Ranger-Teachers hired will develop questions for visits in the 2016-17 and beyond school years.