Lesson Plan

National Park Legacy - Explorers (Grade 3)

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:
Third Grade
Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Geology, History, Oceans
National Park Legacy Explorers 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, geography, Change


This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Explorers is designed for third 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 comparing and contrasting the types of environments found in National Parks including desert, lake, mountain, seashore and Arctic. 


Name one or more National Parks.

Name two or more activities people can do in National Parks.

Name one or more famous people that lived in a National Park.

Name two or more plants found in a National Park.

Name two or more animals found in a National Park.

Draw one or more items including plants, animals or buildings found in National Parks.

Name the regions of the United States.

Name the state in which their National Park is located.

Locate their National Park on a map.


National Park Legacy introduces the concepts of National Parks, geography and history to first and second graders. Students work together in groups and share what they learn with each other.


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.

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, send an email, etc.


National Park, gift, legacy, share, desert, mountain, lake, seashore, picture, activities, park ranger, battlefield.

Last updated: March 1, 2015