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:
Alley Spring: Alley Mill Hamlet
Visit the Storys Creek School for a lesson in a one-room school, barter at the General Store, learn about the operation of a 19th century steel roller mill, and take a hike along the Alley Spring Branch Trail.
Round Spring: Cave Scientist Field Trip and Hiking Through History on the Ozark Trail
A variety of hands-on, inquiry-based activities are performed by the students including collecting data by performing water quality, soil and weather testing, and vegetation and animal identification in the cave and outside. Schedule a pre-site visit at your school beginning in February before visiting the cave in May.
Big Spring: Life as an Ozark Settler
Students will learn about the Ozark culture and landscape, and experience a variety of activities, including early homemaking, whittling, fence building and an educational hike around Big Spring.
Rocky Road: The Geology of the Ozark Riverways
Students will learn the geology and geologic processes that shaped the Ozark Riverways region, including karst experiments and a visit to Alley Spring to conduct rock classification data.
Batty about Bats
Students will learn about the specialized structures and senses that help bats survive in a unique habitat. Discover this fascinating creature that benefits humans and learn how we can help save them, including construction of bat houses and habitat improvements.
Habitats of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways
Students will learn about the various habitats of the riverways and species that inhabit them. Discover rare, endangered and endemic species with specialized structures and mechanisms that help them reside in their select habitats. Students have the opportunity for a data collection field trip and culminating habitat activity.
Call Dena Matteson (573) 323-4814. These activities are popular and our staff is limited, so please call ahead! (E-mail "Ranger Dena")
NPS Career Programs
Students will learn about National Park Service opportunities and career exploration. They will learn to identify their interests and skills, and how to apply for jobs.
National Park Service: America's Best Idea
Students will learn about the creation and significance of the National Park Service and Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
Service Learning Trips
Teach your students about stewardship by bringing them to volunteer in the park. Learn more about volunteer opportunities and job shadowing.
Junior Ranger Day at Alley Spring (TBA)
This event brings grade school students together with educators from statewide natural resource agencies for a fun, active, and exciting day of outdoor educational activities.
Are you a 4th grade teacher? The National Park Service has launched an exciting new program for 4th grade students, which will enable them to receive a fee-free access pass to all national park units until August 31! 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 Every Kid in a Park program!
Visiting with your class