Amazing Animal Adaptations of Rocky-FREE

by  Rocky Mountain National Park

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Rocky Mountain National Park's 415 square miles holds a diversity of wildlife including 66 species of mammals and over 280 species of birds. Spring is a rewarding time to observe some of these animals and their offspring as the area begins to sprout with new life!

Join an education ranger as they introduce five of these animals noting the differences between their parents and offspring, while exploring the characteristics that help them survive in this diverse landscape.

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Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, Homeschool/Family Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

There is no maximum, but for optimal interactivity, we suggest no more than 35 students.

Primary Disciplines

Literacy, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

Google Hang Out
Microsoft Teams

Booking Information

Please submit program requests at least two weeks in advance. Captioning is available upon request - let us know in the "notes" section of your booking.

Program slots are Monday-Friday from 7:30am-4pm MT.

Our preferred platform is Zoom, but we can accommodate Webex and Google Meets/Classrooms.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please notify us a week prior to connecting if you won't be able to make the scheduled program time- this ensures we can do our best to fit in other schools from our waiting list.

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Estes Park, CO
United States

Rocky Mountain National Park is a special place that receives over 4.6 million visitors per year. However, not everyone has the opportunity to visit; therefore, Rocky Mountain National Park's Education Rangers bring a new way to connect students across the country (and the world!) to Rocky- via virtual programs! Virtual programs are a fresh, fun, and an interactive take on the traditional classroom setting. Through these medium, Rocky rangers encourage students to get up and move while they learn, collaborate with their peers, and explore their National Park together. We look forward to expanding the reach of these programs to inspire students, our future park stewards.

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Program Details


1. Program begins with introduction to Rocky Mountain National Park and the NPS emblem.
2. Ranger introduces some of the animals of Rocky with a video.
3. Then ranger introduces the game of voting on whether animals shown are parents or offspring and class decides on voting gestures.
4. Together the group goes through the 5 animals noting characteristics they posses.
5. Time is allowed for questions and answers.


1. Differentiate between parent and offspring of various animals.
2. Identify adaptations that help animals survive in Rocky.
3. Recognize that animals in different environments require different adaptations and characteristics.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.1.SL.1 -- Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.1.SL.2 -- Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.K.SL.1 -- Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.K.SL.1a -- Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others and taking turns speaking about the topics and texts under discussion).
LS1A K-2 -- Structure and function
LS1B K-2 -- Growth and development of organisms
LS3A K-2 -- Inheritance of traits

State Standards

CO State Standards
SC.P.2.1. Recognize that living things have unique characteristics and basic needs that can be observed and studied
SC.P.2.2 Recognize that living things develop in predictable patterns.
SC.K.2.1. To live and grow, animals obtain food they need from plants or other animals, and plants need water and light.
SC.1.2.1 All organisms have external parts that they use to perform daily functions.
SC.1.2.2 Young animals are very much, but not exactly, like their parents, and also resemble other organisms of the same kind.