What is a National Park?
- Grade Level:
- Third Grade-Fifth Grade
- Recreation / Leisure / Tourism, Recreation Ecology, Social Studies, Wilderness
- 60 minutes
- National/State Standards:
- Georgia Performance Standards: Map Skills
OverviewIn this lesson, students will learn about the National Park system and how land is designated as a national park. They will also have the opportunity to work in a group to create their own national park.
By participating in this activity, students will be able to:
- define stewardship.
- define wilderness.
- explain the purpose of a national park.
- work with a group to create a map of a national park.
Download the What is a National Park? lesson plan to obtain necessary background information and instructions for completing this activity. You may also want to explore the list of Additional Resources, below, to learn more about the national park system and how it works.
- Computer/Internet access
- Creating a National Park Worksheet (also included in lesson plan)
- Large sheets of paper or poster board
- Colored pencils, markers
Students may enjoy exploring the following resource on their own, or with their families:
- National Park Service: Kids in Parks
Use the following websites to access multimedia & printable resources related to this lesson:
- National Park Service
- NPS: Photos & Multimedia (a collection of park service photos, podcasts, videos, virtual tours, webcams and more)
- National Park Service: America's Best Idea Today
- National Park Service: WebRangers (Kids)
- YouTube National Park Service Videos
- Natural Inquirer: Wilderness Benefits Edition ( a free science education journal for middle & high school)