The national park report is a time-honored tradition in classrooms across the country - and the world! Every year, hundreds of students writ to their national parks to learn more and complete school projects. At Death Valley National Park, we want to support these research efforts.
Our Student Report Packet contains basic information about park weather and climate, geology, plants and animals, and history. For most elementary and middle school students, this packet provides all the information necessary to craft a thorough report.
For older students, or those seeking more specific knowledge, we have information on the park's endemic plants and animals, a first-person narrative from a Twenty Mule Team muleskinner, a list of earth's lowest elevations (including Death Valley), and suggestions for day hikes in the park. We also encourage students to explore the Nature and History & Culture sections of our website for additional information. Students can also check out our Virtual Museum Exhibit. Students who want to interview a ranger, or who have very specific report needs should contact the Education Coordinator.
Students who wish to obtain a copy of the park's map and newspaper should email us, or write to the address below. Please note that it can take several weeks to receive these materials, so students should plan with due dates in mind.
Students can also help us "Go Green!" We recognize the value in letter-writing as a skill-building exercise, and we love to read student letters! In an effort to improve the park's carbon footprint, we try to minimize our own paper and postage usage, so we will send the student a map and newspaper. For other information, we will refer them to the website for digital report materials. If the students do not have access to the internet, please have them specify this in their information request so we can make an exception.
Thank you for introducing national parks to students!
To contact us:
Death Valley National Park
P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328