Curriculum Materials

Lesson Plans and Activities

  • Granite Desk Series Short videos answer common student questions about about Joshua Tree National Park!
  • Digital Scavenger Hunt Use the website to help you explore and learn about Joshua Tree National Park!
  • The Arrowhead: Emblem of the National Park Service In this lesson students will learn about the mission of the National Park Service and how it relates to Joshua Tree National Park through a guided exploration of elements represented on the NPS Arrowhead emblem. The PowerPoint for this lesson is available for download.
  • Teaching With Historic Places Lesson Plans use properties listed in the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects. A variety of products and activities that help teachers bring historic places into the classroom are available.
  • Keys Ranch, Where Time Stood Still is a lesson plan based on Bill Keys’ Desert Queen Ranch, located in Joshua Tree National Park.
  • LearnNPS: If you are a teacher searching for classroom materials or a student doing research, you'll find curriculum and a host of other fun and educational media created by the National Park Service and our partners.
  • Hey JTree Juniper Harrower studies the interactions between Joshua trees, their soil fungi, and moth pollinators in the Mojave Desert. She is a scientist, artist, and former educator. Using these skills, Juniper has created educator resources based on her research.


Last updated: July 29, 2023

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