Distance Learning

Grand Canyon National Park offers state-of-the-art distance learning programs for classrooms, senior centers and adult learning institutions. Programs are free and take place from January through April. To learn more about the equipment requirements needed to connect with Grand Canyon click here.

Distance Learning Registration for the 2015-2016 school year begins Wednesday, October 7, 2015 and ends April 1, 2016. Register today by completing Grand Canyon's Distance Learning Registration Form. Registration is processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Schedule for the 2015-2016 School Year:

Programs are offered Monday - Friday and start no earlier than 8 am mountain standard time (MST) January 13 to April 15, 2016.

Program descriptions, lesson plans, materials, and associated standards can be found below. Programs can be modified for an adult audience and special requests are handled on a case by case basis.

If you are new to our distance learning program and would like to be added to our mailing list to recieve next years program offerings and registration form, please complete this form and either fax it to 928-638-7737 or e-mail us. Please note that all registration forms are added to our mailing list annually so you do not need to complete this form if you have already registered for a program.


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  • Grand Canyon National Park

    Ancient Life

    Plant fossil (background) on reddish rock. On the right, a trilobite on green shale.

    What do fossils tell scientists about ancient life at Grand Canyon? Students examine the canyon’s amazing fossils, rock layers, and current environments to find out. Park rangers lead the class in several activities in this live and interactive distance learning program. (60 minutes).

    Good

    Average: 4.0 (2 ratings)

    Type:
    Distance Learning
    Grade level:
    Second Grade-Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Climate Change, Earth Science, Geology, Landscapes, Paleontology, Physical Science
    National/State Standards:
    NS.K-4.1 Science as Inquiry
    NS.K-4.3 Life Science
    NS.K-4.4 Earth and Space Science
    NS.K-4.6 Personal and Social Perspectives
    NS.5-8.3 Life Science
    NS.5-8.4 Earth and Space Science
  • Grand Canyon National Park

    Ask a Ranger

    Ranger holding a globe and talking to a class during a distance learning program.

    Students spend a half hour with a ranger discussing Grand Canyon ecology, geology, and human history, as well as National Park Service careers. The class prepares and sends questions ahead of time. (30 minutes)

    Type:
    Distance Learning
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, Archaeology, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Conservation, Education, Environment, Geology, Government, Wildlife Biology
    National/State Standards:
    Varies
    Keywords:
    Grand Canyon, plants, animals, Conservation, Ranger, human history, careers, national park service
  • Grand Canyon National Park

    Canyon Connections

    Cottonwood trees growing by Burro Spring on the Tonto Platform, 3,060 ft (933 m) below the South Rim.

    From snow-covered forests to hot, dry deserts, Grand Canyon boasts five diverse ecosystems. Canyon Connections focuses on animal and plant adaptations while introducing students to some of the amazing creatures that call Grand Canyon home. (60 minutes)

    Type:
    Distance Learning
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Wildlife Biology
    National/State Standards:
    NS.K-4.3 Life Science
    NS.5-8.2 Physical Science
    NS.5-8.3 Life Science
    NS.5-8.7 History and Nature of Science
    NSS-G.K-12.1
    NSS-G.K-12.3
  • Condor soaring over Grand Canyon.

    Soaring, swooping and diving - Grand Canyon has the largest flying land bird in North America making a home in this vast landscape. In this program, students learn about endangered species and the ecological principles of adaptation and habitat through the riveting story of the California Condor. (60 minutes)

    Type:
    Distance Learning
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Seventh Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Conservation, Ecology, Education, Environment, Geography, History, Science and Technology, Wilderness, Wildlife Biology
    National/State Standards:
    NS.K-4.3 Life Science
    NS.5-8.3 Life Science
    NSS-G.K-12.5 Environment and Society
    NSS-G.K-12.4 Human Systems
  • Grand Canyon National Park

    Layers in Time

    Aerial view of the Colorado River from Prospect Canyon looking southwest towards Hells Hollow.

    Numerous forces have shaped Grand Canyon over time. In this interactive distance learning program, students learn the geologic history of the canyon by investigating deposition, plate tectonics, and the powerful force of the Colorado River. (60 minutes)

    Excellent

    Average: 5.0 (1 rating)

    Type:
    Distance Learning
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Seventh Grade
    Subjects:
    Climate Change, Earth Science, Geography, Geology, Landscapes, Paleontology, Tectonics
    National/State Standards:
    NS.K-4.2 Physical Science
    NS.K-4.3 Life Science
    NS.K-4.4 Earth and Space Science
    NS.5-8.3 Life Science
    NS.5-8.4 Earth and Space Science
    NSS-G.K-12.1 The World in Spatial Terms
    NSS-G.K-12.3 Physical Systems
  • Grand Canyon National Park

    Ranger Careers

    Search and Rescue Rangers risk their lives to save lives at Grand Canyon National Park.

    From saving lives, educating visitors, enforcing park rules and fighting fires rangers who work at Grand Canyon National Park have exciting, diverse jobs. Join park rangers for this hour long program that highlights the different jobs with the National Park Service and how students can get involved with a park near them. (60 minutes)

    Type:
    Distance Learning
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Career Studies, Community, Conservation, Education, Environment, Government, History, Recreation / Leisure / Tourism, Science and Technology, Service Learning
    National/State Standards:
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.2
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.7
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.4
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.2
  • Grand Canyon National Park

    Sesame Street Explores Grand Canyon

    (left to right) Murray and Elmo from Sesame Street, a California condor and Park Ranger Amala standing in front of the Grand Canyon.

    In a series of three short videos, Muppets Murray and Elmo from Sesame Street join Park Ranger Amala to learn about the habitats, seasons, and animal families of Grand Canyon. Videos may be viewed online or downloaded as a DVD iso file for classroom use.  Includes printable hands-on activities and an educator's guide.

    Type:
    Distance Learning
    Grade level:
    Pre-Kindergarten-Kindergarten
  • Prehistoric granaries along the Colorado River

    Students go back in time 12,000 years at Grand Canyon to learn about the people who have called Grand Canyon home for thousands of years.

    Good

    Average: 4.0 (82 ratings)

    Type:
    Distance Learning
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture (Building Styles and Methods), Art, Environment, Geography, Historic Preservation, History, Science and Technology, Science History, Social Studies, Westward Expansion
    National/State Standards:
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.7
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.8L
    NSS-USH.5-12.1 ERA 1
    NGSS: MSE SS3-4
  • Grand Canyon National Park

    Where the Wild Things Live

    Lizard, raven, deer and chipmunk, each in separate squares, superimposed in the sky over Grand Canyon

    Mountain lions, lizards and coyotes , oh my! This interactive program brings Grand Canyon’s wildlife into the classroom and virtually introduces young learners to the differences and similarities between pets and wild animals. (30-45 minutes)

    Type:
    Distance Learning
    Grade level:
    Pre-Kindergarten-Kindergarten
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Conservation, Ecology, Environment
    National/State Standards:
    NS.K-4.3 Life Science

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Phone:

(928) 638-7888
This is the main phone number for general park questions.

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