Amazing Animal Adaptations of Rocky-FREE

by  Rocky Mountain National Park

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Rocky Mountain National Park's 415 square miles hosts a diversity of wildlife including 66 types of mammals and over 280 types of birds. 

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

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30 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, Homeschool/Family Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

No maximum

Primary Disciplines

Literacy, Sciences, Music

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

Booking Information

Please submit program requests at least two weeks in advance. Program times are flexible across various time zones. Our preferred platform is Zoom, but we can accommodate Webex, Teams, and Google Meets. Since we are a government agency, we are typically unable to send links from our own accounts and will need your video conferencing platform to connect. Once you send the request to us, we will review it and confirm within CILC. Following CILC confirmation, we will send a confirmation email via rmnpeducationranger@gmail.com with more information and relevant program materials.

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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.

Virtual Programs Coordinator

Program Details


1. Program begins with introduction to Rocky Mountain National Park.
2. Ranger introduces the concept of adaptations
3. Throughout the program, students explore 5 different animals of Rocky Mountain National Park and their adaptations to survive here with a game called "Baby or Parent?". Students vote throughout the program whether animals shown are parents or babies and discuss what makes them different.
5. 5 to 10 minutes is left at the end for questions and answers.


Students will be able to:
1. Differentiate between parent and babies of various animals.
2. Identify adaptations that help animals survive in Rocky.
3. Recognize that animals in different environments require different adaptations and characteristics.
4. Connect animals in Rocky and their adaptations to animals near their homes.

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

Colorado Academic 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.

Reading, Writing, and Communicating:
RW.K.1.1: Communicate using verbal and nonverbal language
RW.1.1.1: Communicate using verbal and nonverbal language to express and receive information.
RW.1.1.2: Use multiple strategies to develop and expand oral communication
RW.1.4.1: Participate in shared research and inquiry projects, writing, recalling, or gathering information to answer questions
RW.2.1.1: Engage in dialogue and learn new information through active listening
RW.2.1.2: Deliver presentations while maintaining focus on topic and be prepared to discuss.