What are National Parks?- FREE

by  Rocky Mountain National Park

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What is a National Park and what were they created to protect? Meet with a ranger to investigate the meaning behind each symbol within the National Park Service emblem and explore various NPS sites across the country.

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About This Program


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



1 hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 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

Art, Sciences, Social Studies/History

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.

About This Provider

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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. The program begins with an introduction to Rocky Mountain National Park.
2. The ranger will then invite the groups to come up one at a time to present their symbol.
3. Ranger will elaborate on student presentations as students place their symbol onto the whole class emblem.
4. Ranger will share the diversity of park service sites across the country.
5. Time is allowed for questions and answers.


1. Recognize the variety of Park Service sites.
2. Name one National Park and explain why it is protected.
3. Name one way people use National Parks.
4. Describe at least one symbol in the Park Service emblem and what it represents in detail.

Standards Alignment

State Standards

Colorado Academic Standards:
Reading, Writing, and Communicating:
RW.3.1.1: Participate cooperatively in group activities
RW.3.1.2: Communicate using appropriate language in informal and formal situations
RW.3.2.2: Apply strategies to fluently read and comprehend various informational text
RW.3.4.1: Gather, interpret, and communicate information discovered during short research projects.
RW.4.1.2: Create a plan to effectively present information both informally and formally
RW.4.2.1: Apply strategies to comprehend and interpret literary texts
RW.4.4.1: Use a variety of resources to build and communicate knowledge related to open-ended research questions.
RW.5.1.1: Collaborate in discussions that serve various purposes and address various situations
RW.5.1.2: Present to express an opinion, persuade, or explain/provide information
RW.5.2.2: Apply strategies to interpret and analyze various types of informational texts.
RW.5.4.1: Research to locate, summarize, synthesize and document information from print and digital sources, and communicate findings appropriately

Social Studies:
SS.3.1.2: Identify how people in the past influence the development and interaction of different communities or regions
SS.3.2.2: Define the concept of region through an examination of similarities and differences in places and communities
SS.4.2.2: Examine the relationship between the physical environment and its effect on human activity

Visual Arts:
VA.3.3.1: Plan and create works of visual art and design recognizing various purposes and intentions
VA.3.4.1: Recognize how works of visual art and design communicate meaning both within a community and between diverse cultures
VA.5.1.1: Investigate and analyze how specific points of view can be communicated through the language of visual art and design
VA.5.1.2: Demonstrate an understanding of how works of visual art and design are influenced by the culture of daily life