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Find Your Park - FREE

from Zion National Park

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The Find Your Park program introduces students to the National Park Service emblem and to national park units. It is designed to engage students in critical thinking about our national parks. Students will learn about the purpose of the national park system and about Zion National Park by looking at the different parts of the national park arrowhead emblem. Students will distinguish between different national park units across the United States and in their own region of the country by matching descriptions to images in the Postcard Game. In the final activity, the students analyze the feasibility of building a new campground. The program also includes instructions for fourth grade students to earn their free entrance pass. 

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50 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Problem Solving

Program Delivery Mode


Booking Information

Please contact us at zion_education@nps.gov to register for a program. Programs are available Monday-Friday, November 2019-April 2020

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Zion National Park appreciates cancellations within 48 hours. Prior to our program we require a short equipment test . Our distance learning coordinator will contact you to schedule this short test.

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Zion National Park

Springdale, Utah
United States

Zion National Park is a place with massive sandstone
cliffs, narrow slot canyons, unique wildlife and plants, and a rich history.
Students learn about Zion National Park, the National Park Service, and the
unique ecosystems and history of the southwest as they interact in live time
with a uniformed ranger. Our free programs cover a variety of topics that bring
curriculum to life. Our current distance learning season begins in January, 2020 and continues through April 2020.

Cadence Cook

Program Details


1.) The program begins with a brief introduction to the ranger and the format of the distance learning program.
2.) The ranger will introduce the national park arrowhead. As each different parts of the arrowhead are discussed, the ranger will ask students questions and share information. Students will also learn a chant and motion to help them remember the meaning of the different parts.
3.)The ranger will transition to the postcard activity and give directions to the students using PowerPoint slides. Students will receive either a picture (front of postcard) or a letter (back of postcard). Once the ranger has given the directions, the students are to get out of their seats to find their partners by matching the postcard image to the letters using key words from the letter and elements of the image. When students have found their postcard partners they are find a place to sit together. They then read the letter, examine the image, and practice completing the sentence frame* using the information from the image and letter while they wait for the other students to find their partners.
4.)The ranger will introduce the To Build or Not to Build activity with PowerPoint slides and props. At the beginning of this activity the ranger shares background information about a possible new auditorium. The ranger then introduces four ranger jobs (visitor service, resources, maintenance, and law enforcement). After providing a brief description of the visitor service ranger job, the presenting ranger will share two comments that the visitor service ranger might make regarding the idea of building a new campground. Students will be asked to discuss each comment with a partner and determine if it supports or does not support the idea of building a new auditorium. The ranger will then call on the students to raise their hands to show if they think each comment supports or does not support the idea of building a new auditorium and record the number of hands for each position. The ranger repeats the process with each ranger job. At the conclusion, the students will vote to decide if a new auditorium should be built or not.
5.)The ranger will conclude Find Your Park lesson. This will include directions for every fourth grade student on how to get a free national park pass.


• Students will be able to describe what each of the components of the national park arrowhead mean.
• Students will match written descriptions and pictures of national parks from different regions of the United States.
• Students will identify different probable human activities based on descriptions of national parks.
• Students will collaborate in a critical thinking activity to determine the pros and cons of building a new auditorium and make a recommendation about whether to build it.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

From the Fourth Grade National Geography Standards (National Geographic)
The student knows and understands:
The Concept of Place
1. Places are locations having distinctive characteristics that give them meaning and distinguish them from other locations
Therefore, the student is able to:
A. Describe the distinguishing characteristics and meanings of several different places, as exemplified by being able to
• Identify and describe categories of characteristics that define a loca¬tion as a place (e.g., weather characteristics, population density, ar¬chitectural styles, landforms, vegetation, cultures, and types of industry).
• Describe how certain places may have meanings that distinguish them from other places (e.g., cemetery, historical park or battlefield, religious shrines or temples, state or national parks).
The Characteristics of Places
2. Places have physical and human characteristics
Therefore, the student is able to:
A. Describe and compare the physical characteristics of places at a variety of scales, local to global, as exemplified by being able to
• Describe and compare the physical environments and landforms of different places in the world (e.g., mountains, islands, valleys or canyons, mesas).