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Contact: Lauren Carter, 928-524-6228 x238
Petrified Forest, AZ –Starting in October 2016, Petrified Forest National Park will offer 'virtual', digital field trips through their new distance learning program. Teachers from anywhere in the country, or the world, can sign up for a live program with a ranger via video conference.
Two initial programs will be offered:
-The 'Ask a Ranger' program is for any grade level, lasts 30 minutes, and allows students to interact with a ranger, asking questions in real time.
-The 'Where in the World is Petrified Forest?' program is designed for 4th –6th grades, lasts 45 minutes, and involves in class lessons on plate tectonics, geography, map reading, and math. This program is aligned with national common core and AZ science standards.
These digital field trips can be scheduled on any Wednesday and Friday between October 5th and December 16th, 2016. Times for these presentations are anytime between 9am-11am and 3pm-5pm MST (note that Arizona does not observe daylight savings time)."I'm really excited to be able to connect with students this way." says Lauren Carter, the park Education Coordinator spearheading this effort. "Petrified Forest is an amazing outdoor classroom but not all classes are able to visit the park. We want to bring the park to them and share what makes this place so special!" Lauren is ready to help teachers with scheduling, understanding pre-visit lesson plans, specific hardware/software requirements, and answering any other questions regarding this opportunity.