Education Resources

Two school buses in the dunefield.
Two yellow school buses parked by the white gypsum dunes.

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Education Resources
 
Park Ranger researching in the desert.

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Careers in the National Park Service
This list is a brief overview of what types of careers can be found in the National Park Service. The listing is done by academic major. Not all majors or careers are included as this list is not all inclusive.
 
Coyote.

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Desert Food Pyramid
This activity is great to show the different levels of consumers on the food pyramid. Students can make a food chain using the "Create a Desert Food Chain" also found on this page. Teachers may also choose to modify this activity with different plants and animals.
 
Western Diamondback Rattlesnake in the grass.

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Desert Biome-Create a Desert Food Chain
A food chain shows how each living thing gets its food. Some animals eat plants and some animals eat other animals. In any food chain, energy is lost each time one organism eats another. This activity works well with the Desert Food Pyramid activity, also found on this page. Feel free to download the publication and make any modifications that suit your classroom.
 
Hognose Snake on the white sand.

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Flow of Energy Color
Have your students create a three dimensional food pyramid that explains the units of energy produced by each level of consumer. Use this activity in a combination with any of the other activities found on this page. This version is in color.
 
Hognose Snake on the white sand.

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Flow of Energy BW
Have your students create a three dimensional food pyramid that explains the units of energy produced by each level of consumer. Use this activity in a combination with any of the other activities found on this page. This version is in black and white.
 
Professional Development
 
Sand Ripples on the dunes.

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Barefoot Memories My Summer as a Ranger
The two things I could always count on during the Sunset Strolls I led last summer at White Sands National Monument were a vibrant sunset and blank looks from the group when I introduced myself as a Teacher-Ranger- Teacher (TRT). "A what?" I would then explain that most of the year I taught 3rd graders in a school just outside Washington, DC, but that during the summer I was a park ranger at White Sands.
 
Ranger with Kids.

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TRTs Stretching the Mind Through Experience
The National Park Service is arguably the largest informal educational institution in the country, second only to the public school system in total clients served. It seems only fitting that the two organizations cooperate, sharing the best of both institutions. The Teacher-Ranger- Teacher (TRT) program allows teachers from public school systems across the country to spend a summer working and living as a ranger with the National Park Service (NPS). Some TRT volunteers live within the park itself and some do not. Some volunteers serve in urban areas and some in rural areas. Each TRT experience is as special and unique as the area itself.
 
TRT Leading a Sunset Stroll.

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Classroom to Park and Back Again
One of the National Park Service's (NPS) goals is to help Americans connect with their national heritage. One way parks do this is through the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program. Through this program, the NPS brings teachers into parks every summer to work as rangers. These teachers can then take the park back to their classrooms by developing curriculum-based lesson plans that draw on their summer experience.
 
Recommend Reading Lists
 
Sunset in the dunes.

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Environmental Reading List
Recommended reading list for elementary, middle school, and high school teachers. These books are great resources in the classroom for teachers and would be an interesting read for students as well.
 
Great horned owl on a mesquite plant.

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Flora and Fauna Reading List
Recommended reading list for elementary, middle school, and high school teachers. These books are great resources in the classroom for teachers and would be an interesting read for students as well.
 
Geology Reading List

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Geology Reading List
Recommended reading list for elementary, middle school, and high school teachers. These books are great resources in the classroom for teachers and would be an interesting read for students as well.
 
Black and White image of Billy the Kid.

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Local History Reading List
Recommended reading list for elementary, middle school, and high school teachers. These books are great resources in the classroom for teachers and would be an interesting read for students as well.
 

Last updated: April 8, 2017

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