Educational ActivitiesThe National Park Service offers a variety of free educational activities to legitimate schools and educational institutions. These may be classroom visits (within the local area#) or visits by your class to the park. We recommend combining a classroom visit with a field trip for best retention of material. Please call us to arrange activities.
If you don't see what you need in the "menu" below, please call us anyway. We have staff knowledgeable about many subjects and can customize a program for you. Take a look at our program offerings for school districts below. Also, check out the GLE page to see how our programs relate to state standards.
Current Educational Programs:
Call Dena Matteson (573) 323-4814. These activities are popular and our staff is limited, so please call ahead! (E-mail "Ranger Dena")
Are you a 4th grade teacher? The National Park Service has launched an exciting program for 4th grade students, which will enable them to receive a fee-free access pass to all national park unita. Students can get their online voucher by completing a simple online activity, or as a 4th grade teacher, you can do this program with your students to earn a pass for everyone. Learn more about the Open Outdoors for Kids program!
Visiting with your class
NOTE TO TEACHERS:
Educational Activities are meant to further your educational objectives. They are not intended to be primarily recreational, although we hope everyone has fun learning! We want teachers to be involved. We are open to your ideas and suggestions for developing programs to meet your needs. Please contact us with your needs and ideas.
Our schedule fills up quickly, so please call to reserve programs as early as possible. We prefer to serve your class in the spring and fall, although any time of year is possible. There is no fee for these activities. A free Teacher's Guide to Caves & Groundwater, called More Than Skin Deep is now available online in an abridged version. We also offer a more general Teacher's Guide to the whole park called The Rivers and More. For an unabridged printed version please send an e-mail or call (573) 323-4236, ext 0.
We are never far from the lilt and swirl of living water. Whether to fish or swim or paddle, of only to stand and gaze, to glance as we cross a bridge, all of us are drawn to rivers, all of us happily submit to their spell. We need their familiar mystery. We need their fluent lives interflowing with our own." - (John Daniel, Oregon Rivers)
Last updated: January 14, 2020