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Weather in the Desert - FREE

from Zion National Park

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Students are introduced to Zion National Park through pictures and videos, and get to learn about the desert from rangers located in Zion. The program introduces the desert with a singalong song and short story, and then discusses the various animals that live there. Students are invited to sing with rangers as they meet various animals around Zion, and then get to "create a rainstorm" and discuss the monsoon season in the southwest. This program engages students through interaction and a variety of teaching styles. Program lasts approximately 15 minutes. 

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20 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Language Arts/English, Sciences

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.) Students are introduced to Zion National Park through photographs and video.
2.) We then discuss what makes a desert, and sing a short song about sun
3.) The ranger then reads a few pages from a storybook, and introduces students to common desert animals.
4.) Students are invited to singalong with the rangers as they meet various animals around Zion.
5.) The class then "creates a rainstorm" with the rangers, and discusses the importance of the rare rain events at Zion.
6.) The program ends with a chance for the students to ask questions.


Students will:

-Identify at least three animals that live in the desert
-Explore the role of sun and sunlight in temperature
-Understand that rain in the desert is rare but important
-Develop an appreciation for Zion National Park

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Next Generation Science Standards

Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Animals, Plants, and Their Environment

LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms
ESS2.E: Biogeology
ESS3.A: Natural Resources
ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems

Weather and Climate

PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
ESS2.D: Weather and Climate
ESS3.B: Natural Hazards
ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems