Teaching Materials

A mother and daughter stand before an ipad displaying spectrograms and play Guess That Sound, an educational game.
Mother and daughter test their skills in identifying sounds in Guess That Sound, an educational listening game.

Julie West / NPS

The following sound activities and resources used in parks can help teachers educate students of all ages on soundscapes. For introductory materials on the Natural Sounds Program, visit our Additional Information page.

Soundscape Activities

Soundscape Curriculum

Soundscape Interpretive Programs Used in Parks

Teaching Youth through Educational Travel

Through a partnership with No Barriers Youth, the National Park Service Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division is educating a diverse group of youth and educators nationwide in the management and understanding of soundscapes. Through educational activities conducted in classrooms and on expeditions in the Grand Canyon, participants gain an appreciation of natural and cultural resources, a connection to the natural world, and a commitment to environmental stewardship.

Grand Canyon National Park, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, and the Peruvian Amazon are among the places where students have traveled. Each expedition includes sound-related activitIes and experiments aimed at increasing knowledge and understanding of the importance of sound and the acoustical environment in national parks and their everyday lives.

This partnership was awarded the 2012 Partners in Conservation Award by the U.S. Department of the Interior for outstanding achievements in youth stewardship and engagement.

Learn more: No Barriers Youth Lead the Way.

Last updated: July 27, 2018