Lesson Plan

National Park Service Arrowhead

National Park Service arrowhead logo
National Park Service arrowhead logo

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Grade Level:
Kindergarten-Twelfth Grade
Social Studies
Group Size:
Up to 24
National/State Standards:
MT.SS.K-12.2 Students analyze how people create and change structures of power, authority, and governance to understand the operation of government and to demonstrate civic responsibility.
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Students will analyze the arrowhead logo students as an introduction to the
National Park Service (NPS), an agency whose mission is to protect and preserve natural and cultural resources and provide visitors with opportunities for recreation and learning.


Students will be able to:

  • Identify natural and cultural resources that are protected by the NPS.
  • Define the words: protect, preserve, provide
  • Analyze photos of national parks to determine the resources that eachmanages.
  • Understand that Glacier is one of numerous (401) NPS units across our nation and that each park is unique.


Glacier National Park became America's 10th national park when it was established on May 11th, 1910 by President Taft. There are 391 NPS units in our nation. Approximately 60 sites are designated as parks; the others are national monuments, seashores, preserves, battlefields, and historic parks.
The NPS mission was defined by the Organic Act of 1916 and has been revised to declare: The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.


Picture of the National Park Service arrowhead logo
Photos of other National Park Service sites



Show students photos of other National Park Service sites (Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Statue of Liberty, Mesa Verde, etc.) Ask them what they see in the photos that might make those places special.


Have students draw a picture of what they think they will see when they visit Glacier National Park.


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Last updated: February 24, 2015