Competing in the National History Day contest? Thinking about it? Great!
National Park Service employees are proud to help teachers, students, and families participate in National History Day throughout the year. We serve as judges, provide special awards, and work with affiliates across the country.
As part of our collaboration with NHD, each year the National Park Service sponsors major prizes for junior and senior divisions at the National Contest in College Park, Maryand.
With so many National Parks and Programs available, it might feel overwhelming to get started with NPS resources. NPS historians and educators brought together examples and descriptions of what the Agency offers to provide guidance.
The articles below are the most recent NPS contributions to the National History Day themebooks. Discover the teaching resources suggested for each theme.
Exploring Debates in Labor History
Explore the different debates in labor history through lessons and materials on NPS units and National Register Areas.
Finding Communication in History
Explore these lesson plans that reflect a variety of stories around the theme of Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.
Breaking Barriers in History
Students can discover stories of broken barriers in America’s National Parks through lesson plans and articles.
Stories of Triumph & Tragedy
American history is told in extremes: the triumphs and also the tragedies. Discover the realities of both within the National Park System.
Historic Clues in the National Register
Students can search for compelling evidence of conflict and compromise in history with this program's online database.
Teaching the Truth About Native America
Discover how the NPS can provide an opportunity to learn how Native Americans have had to take a stand for their people and culture.
The First 100 Years of the NPS
Find out about the origins and history of the National Park Service, from it's founding in 1916 up to its centennial birthday in 2016.
Teaching with the NPS Teacher's Portal
In 2016, the NPS launched a new resource - the Teacher's Portal. Teachers can search for lesson plans, field trips, and more.
Last updated: May 11, 2022