For Teachers

History, wildlife, forests, streams - Catoctin Mountain Park holds adventure for you and your students, whether you're able to visit in person, or not. Find lesson plans, plan a field trip, request a ranger program, or check out educational loan materials you can borrow as you use Catoctin Mountain Park as your classroom!

Anyone can become a Catoctin Mountain Junior Web Ranger and discover some of the wonders of Catoctin Mountain Park through fun activities!

 

Request a Ranger Program

Request your own Ranger program at Catoctin Mountain Park or off-site. Programs focus on features found in the park.

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Request a Ranger Program

Catoctin Mountain Junior Web Ranger

Do you want to discover some of the wonders of Catoctin Mountain Park and have some fun? If so, then these activities are for you!

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Catoctin Mountain Junior Web Ranger

Lesson Plans & Teacher Guides

Five lesson plans are available for The Blacksmith in Society.

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Lesson Plans & Teacher Guides

Bridging The Watershed Field Trips

Bridging the Watershed Field Trips. Junior-high to high-school students can apply their science skills to improving the Potomac watershed.

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Free Field Trips with The Alice Ferguson Foundation

Plan Your Own Field Trip

If you are developing your own field trip, there are several trails in Catoctin Mountain Park that offer excellent learning opportunities.

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Self-guided field trips

Traveling Trunks

An educational traveling trunk filled with treasures, pieces of our past, linking the local school curriculum with our park's heritage.

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Traveling Trunks

Frederick County Outdoor School

Many groups use Catoctin Mountain Park for their field trips including Frederick County Public Schools.

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Frederick County Outdoor School

Curriculum-based Programs in National Park Sites

Curriculum-based programs and services in National Park Sites throughout CT, ME, MD, MA, NH, NY, NJ, PA, RI, VT, VA, WV.

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Curriculum-based Programs in National Park Sites

Teacher-Ranger-Teacher

The Teacher Ranger Teacher program offers educators a summer professional development experience learning new ways to use parks in the classroom.

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Teacher Ranger Teacher

Teaching with Historic Places

Use the resources of the National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects.

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NPS and Sesame Street Team Up for Kids!

The Sesame Workshop and the National Park Service have teamed up to teach young learners about science and nature. Includes videos and activites.

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Layers in Time: Interactive Distance Learning

Learn the geologic history of the canyon by investigating deposition, plate tectonics and the powerful force of the Colorado River (60 minutes)

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The Colorado River glimmers at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

Catch NPS podcasts on iTunes U!

Teachers, educators, and self-directed learners can download or stream over 450 podcasts and video-podcasts from iTunesU.

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Students Talk Turkey About Diplomacy

NPS, Smithsonian and Department of State host an online conference for grades 7-12 highlighting the importance of diplomacy in U. S. history.

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Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

6602 Foxville Road
Thurmont, MD 21788

Phone:

(301) 663-9388
This phone number is for the visitor center and is answered during regular operating hours. An outgoing voicemail message provides information when the visitor center is closed.

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