Death Valley National Park offers free, distance learning programs for classes. The programs enhance teacher curriculum by meeting national teaching standards. Programs are available via the teacher's preferred virtual platform.
First, Pre-Virtual Trip activities expose students to asynchronous activities (e.g., video, reading). These activities allow students to engage, explore, and explain the program's content.
Lesson plan materials are available for download on our Teaching Resources page under the "Distance Learning" header. Classes must complete the Pre-Virtual Trip activities associated with the selected program before their scheduled Virtual Trip date.
Join a park ranger to learn about the National Park Service and what makes Death Valley special. We are happy to answer any questions your students have about the park, including what park rangers do in one of the most extreme places on Earth! If your students have special topic interests or advance questions, please include those during registration, and we will do our best to accommodate.
Death Valley is known for reaching record-breaking temperatures during the summer. So why is Death Valley so hot? Why is Death Valley so dry? Students will explore how geography, geology, topography, and weather interact to create the extreme desert climate of Death Valley. Students compare their findings with their own community & other National Park Service units. A park ranger will join your students to discuss results and how living organisms can survive extreme temperatures.
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Registration Status: CLOSED
We have concluded distance learning programs for the 2021-22 school year. We will resume Virtual Trips in Fall '22 - Spring '23. Please contact the education program staff if you have questions.
If you have additional questions or inquiries about our distance learning program, please contact the education program staff.
Our team understands issues come up that require you to cancel your Virtual Trip. We request that you do so as early as possible so other groups have an opportunity to register for your slot. You can cancel your registration in one of the following ways:
At the time of your scheduled program, our team will wait at least fifteen (15) minutes, depending on registered programs for that day. We will send a courtesy email followed by a courtesy call before the 15 minutes have elapsed. After the grace period, our team will follow-up with an email to reschedule.
Death Valley is notorious for high wind speeds. These severe weather events (and other circumstances) can cause a loss of power and/or Internet in the park. In the case of these events, our team will do our best to contact you as soon as possible, pending available communications. We appreciate your patience and understanding, and we will extend the same if you experience similar issues!
Last updated: June 10, 2022