Lesson Plan

National Park Legacy – Adventurers (Grades 4 - 5)

Five different park maps showing various NPS units with four closed and one open.
Park brochures provide us a window into the resources and assets parks protect.

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Grade Level:
Fourth Grade-Fifth Grade
Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Geology, History, Oceans
National Park Legacy Adventurers can be completed in one hour or expanded into a week of activities.
Group Size:
Up to 60 (10-15 breakout groups)
National/State Standards:
California Benchmarks for social studies, geography, United States History and language arts.
National Parks, resource protection, plants, animals, history, maps, regions, compass, legacy, society


This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Adventurers is designed for fourth and fifth graders so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, drawing and presenting activities. Activities focus on geographic contrast and finding information by using maps.


Name three or more types of National Park Units.

Measure distance on a map.

List three or more important cultural or natural items that caused the park to be protected.

Identify the state or states the National Park unit is located in.

Identify the region of the country the National Park unit is in.

Identify the seasons that people would visit.

Name a historic person or event that happened at their site.

Write a paragraph comparing and contrasting pre historic and/or historic lives to modern day lives.


National Park Legacy introduces the concepts of National Parks, geography, preservation and history to fourth and fifth graders. Students can work together in groups or work alone and then share what they learned with others through written and/ or oral reports.


Lesson plans including teacher instructions, background information worksheets and park brochures.



Teachers will be able to assess their students learning based on the detail and length of oral or picture responses. They can evaluate the number and detail of visual aids in addition to the extent of participation/ cooperation among group members.

Park Connections

This lesson plan describes components found in national parks.


Have the students create their own national park. Draw pictures, create their own park map, make a post card, develop a poster, create a diorama, create an illustrated talk, send an email, etc.


Culture, inheritance, legacy, lifeway

Last updated: March 1, 2015