Lesson Plan

National Park Legacy – Voyagers (Grades 9-12)

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:
Ninth Grade-Twelfth 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, natural resources, heritage, climate change, careers, Wildland-Urban Interface


This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Voyagers is designed for ninth through twelfth 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 cultural and natural resources and reasons for national parks. Activities feature budgeting and planning activity.


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.

Name three or more career possibilities.  


National Park Legacy introduces the concepts of National Parks, geography, preservation, climate change, park management, visitor use vs. preservation, urban wildland interface and other issues to high school students.


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




Consider length and detail of answers of worksheet; length of report and group member participation, variety and detail of visual aids, or 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, research, design and develop a poster, presentation or report on of the critical issues facing the unit they selected.


Inheritance, legacy, climate change, visitor use, urban interface, student internships.

Last updated: January 3, 2018