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Chat with a Ranger - FREE

from Zion National Park

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Chat with a Ranger can be adapted for any grade level. In this program, students learn about Zion National Park, the park service, and the ranger themselves as they interact in live time with a uniformed ranger. After an introduction to the National Park Service emblem and meaning, the ranger will address questions from the classroom, using props and presentations to share the ecology, wildlife, and history of Zion National Park. Classrooms prepare and send questions ahead of time.

Zion National Park is one of 417 National Park Service areas. The National Park Service “conserves the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” Park Rangers work at National Park sites to help protect these areas. There are different kinds of rangers who work at parks in a variety of positions that all work towards preserving and conserving the park. Zion National Park preserves an area of southwest Utah with massive sandstone cliffs, narrow slot canyons, and a unique array of plants and animals.

This program can be adjusted for any age group, from lower elementary to university level.

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Point to Point: $0.00
Point to Point Premium: $0.00



30 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Sciences, Leadership

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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.) This program begins with an introduction to the National Park Service and Zion National Park.
2.) Students then learn about the presenting ranger, and see images from the various parks that they've worked in.
3.) Ranger then goes through their questions, using accompanying photographs, props, and videos to answer questions and help provide a deeper understanding of Zion National Park.
4.) Students are invited to ask additional questions.


Students will:

-gain an understanding of what a national park site is, and the various things they protect.
-compare the different careers available in the National Park Service.
-identify the southwest desert and some of the plants and animals that live here.
-develop an appreciate for the intricacies and moving parts of operation a large national park.
-have all their questions answered about Zion National Park, and the National Park Service.