Lesson Plan

National Park Legacy – Seekers (Grades 6 - 8)

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:
Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Geology, History, Oceans
National Park Legacy Seekers can be completed in one hour or expanded to as long as the teacher would like.
Group Size:
Up to 60 (10-15 breakout groups)
National/State Standards:
California Benchmarks for social studies, geography, geology, school to career, United States History and language arts.
National Parks, legacy, cultural resources, heritage, climate change, careers


This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Seekers is designed for sixth through eighth grade students so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, community service, presenting activities. Activities focus on why places are preserved as national park units 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

Name three or more natural or cultural forces that shaped their national park

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


National Park Legacy introduces the concepts of National Parks, geography, preservation, climate change, plate tectonics and history to six through eighth grade students. 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.



Consider length and quality of oral or written report and member participation; number, variety and detail of visual aids, amount of outside work done to gather additional information.

Park Connections

This lesson plan describes components found in national parks.


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


inheritance, legacy, climate change, plate tectonics

Last updated: March 1, 2015