- Environmental Education Reading List
The National Park Service gathered a list of books and materials to
help educators teach about nature, animals, geology and much more.
The National Parks GEODETECTIVE project contains 6 units: Earth
Systems, Rocks and Minerals, Landforms, Hydrology, Plate Tectonics and Paleontology.
- Teaching with Historic Places
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) enables teachers and students to
learn from places without leaving the classroom. By examining and
questioning readings, documents, maps, photographs, and by engaging
in activities, students connect these locations to the broad themes
of American history.
- Views of the National Parks
This multimedia education program provides opportunities for all
Americans to discover why national parks are special places.
- Animals to look for when visiting Bryce Canyon:
Imaginary River Trip
Students take an imaginary river trip, right in their classrooms. Along the way they explore how humans, animals and insects use the river to survive.
Preparing for Winter
This in-class presentation uses story and visualization to explore how different types of animals survive the winter.
Rocks and Minerals
Students explore rocks and minerals of the area. They investigate how sandstone was formed and experiment with wind and water to determine which is the effective erosional process.
Students are introduced to animal adaptations as both activities and physical parts that help animals to survive.
Students will learn about the bighorn sheep’s habitat, the plants they eat, and how to identify the birds that share bighorn habitat.
Bryce Canyon: Hoodoos Cast Their Spell
Students describe the formations that deterred settlement and encouraged tourism in Bryce Canyon and examine how it was used by settlers, scientists, government agencies, and tourists.
Students will be introduced to archaeology and the artifacts that provide clues to the lives of ancient people.
Discovering National Parks
In this ARTSEDGE lesson, students learn about the history of America's national parks and the role that artists played in their creation and maintenance.
Force, Motion & Primitive Technologies
Students explore different simple machines by examining ancient technologies. Students discover how wheels and axels were used to make fire, and how rock wedges can be tools.
Heat, Light and Sound
Students investigate what objects absorb and retain heat and use sound waves to find birds. They observe how lenses change light waves, and investigate how sunscreen blocks UV waves.
Students explore genetics using desert plant adaptations, riparian plant adaptations, and a few desert plants and animals adapted to nighttime activities.
Traveling Safely in the Desert
This in-class presentation explores what a student needs to hike safely in the desert ecosystem. Students learn directions, things to bring with them, and what to do if they get lost.
Students will learn about the process of erosion in different environments and the water cycle.
Photography and the National Park Service
This ARTSEDGE lesson addresses the impact the photographs of the western frontier had on eastern U.S., especially by ensuring that the national parks system would be created.
Videos & Photos
Utah students and educators can visit eMedia (via Utah's Online Library) to view PBS Utah's video production "Utah: The National Parks" and Ken Burns' PBS film "The National Parks: America's Best Idea". There are also photographs of some of the National Parks in eMedia.