Curriculum Materials

Lesson Plans and Activities

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.

Materials for Loan

Tortoise trunks are available for grades K-6. Teachers are responsible for pick up and return of the trunks. Please contact the education office at 760-367-3012 or email for instructions on borrowing a trunk for your classroom.


Last updated: March 14, 2019

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