Whooo's in the Canyon?

by  Zion National Park

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Who left these clues behind here in the high canyons of Zion National Park? A feather, small bones, and hoot hooting in the trees can be heard as your classroom goes on a virtual hike of Zion to discover the Mexican Spotted Owl. Learn owl about this predator and how it uses its special adaptations to survive in this harsh desert environment.  

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20-30 minutes

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Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2Public Library: Library Patrons

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Registration is not currently open. Check back in January 2023 for information regarding January-April 2023 learning opportunities. Please contact us at zion_education@nps.gov for more information.

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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. 

Registration is not currently open. Check back in January 2023 for information regarding January-April 2023 learning opportunities.

Zion Education

Program Details


1.) Students will meet the presenting ranger and see photographs of Zion National Park

2.) We will then go on a virtual hike through Zion’s two major habitats: desert and canyons

3.) Students will learn characteristics of a desert environment and high elevation canyon environments

4.) Students will then assist the ranger in identifying the animal who left clues behind

5.) Students will learn about the adaptations that make a Mexican Spotted Owl a predator and how they catch their prey

6.) Time will be allowed for questions.


The participating students will be able to:

-identify a desert environment and a canyon environment

-list three adaptations Mexican Spotted Owls have for catching prey

-Explain the relationship of predators and prey

Standards Alignment

National Standards

ESS2E K-2 -- Biogeology
ESS3A K-2 -- Natural resources
LS1A K-2 -- Structure and functionNational Standards