Curriculum Materials

Thank you for engaging your students in learning about Cedar Breaks National Monument! Below are various links & lesson plans covering a range of topics applicable to Cedar Breaks.

National Park Service Lesson Plans

Some of these lesson plans were developed by National Parks other than Cedar Breaks, but the curriculum still applied to the plants, animals and geology of Cedar Breaks National Monument.

Living & Non-living Interactions

Third Grade; Subjects - Ecology
Students examine the interaction of elements of the food chain - producers, consumers and decomposers - through dioramas and art projects in the classroom. In the field, a story and an active game reinforce predator-prey relationships. Students examine decomposers and their vital role in the nutrient cycle, then they investigate energy loss in the high desert food chain

Kitchen Geology

Fourth though Sixth Grade; Subjects - Earth Science, Geology, Landscapes, Paleontology, Physical Science, Science and Technology
Create an edible dish that will demonstrate the layering of rock strata and the ways rock movement can expose fossils

Creating a Cave: Carbonic Acid

Fourth though Sixth Grade; Subjects - Chemistry, Geology
Cedar Breaks geologic formations are continuously eroded by water, wind and chemicals such as carbonic acid. Students will experience how carbonic acid can slowly dissolve limestone and form caves.

Creating a Cave: Dissolution

Fourth though Sixth Grade; Subjects - Chemistry, Geology
Cedar Breaks has many sink-holes all along the rim of the amphitheater, the most famous of which is Alpine Pond. Students will learn how caves and sinkholes are formed, the geologic processes involved, and the major types of caves. Students will experience how the geologic process of dissolution, combines with infiltration by making a cave or karst model.

Force, Motion, & Primitive Technologies

Fourth though Sixth Grade; Subjects - Chemistry, Geology
Students explore different types of simple machines by examining ancient technologies. Students examine different types of levers using digging sticks and throwing atlatls. They discover how wheels and axles were used to make fire, and how rock wedges can become useful tools.

Planning Educational Field Trips:

If you plan to bring your class on a field trip to Cedar Breaks National Monument, please go to Plan a Field Trip for planning information.

To see if your group qualifies for a fee waiver or exemption, go to Academic Fee Waivers for information on how to apply.

For information on hiking, visit our trail information page. Ranger programs are available upon request. Learn more about the ranger programs available at Cedar Breaks.

Cedar Breaks Resources:

Check out some of the links below for information on the parks cultural and natural history.

Last updated: November 15, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Cedar Breaks National Monument: Administrative Office
2390 West Highway 56
Suite #11

Cedar City, UT 84720


(435) 586-9451 x4420

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