Every Rock Has a Story- FREE

by  Rocky Mountain National Park

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Students will become geologists who learn how to describe and identify rocks by their family-sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic. Students will apply their knowledge to uncover the geologic story of Rocky Mountain National Park.

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45 minutes to 1 hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, Homeschool/Family Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

No maximum

Primary Disciplines

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.

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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 geologists and what they do.
2. Students act as geologists and share their rock that they brought to the program, describing the shape, colors, and textures they notice on their rocks.
3.Ranger introduces different rock types and students use this information to identify their rocks throughout the program.
4. Students apply new geologist skills to uncover the story of Rocky's geology.
5. 5 to 10 minutes is left at the end for questions and answers.


1. Identify and describe rocks a part of the three rock families: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic.
2. Describe the forces that act upon rocks to change them into another rock type (heat, heat and pressure, erosion and weathering).
3. Use knowledge learned in the program to identify and describe their own rocks in order to uncover how they were created throughout time.
4. Understand how tectonic plates formed the Rocky Mountains.
5. Use evidence-based scenarios as geologists to uncover the geologic story of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

ESS1A 3-5 -- The universe and its stars
ESS1B 3-5 -- Earth and the solar system
ESS2A 3-5 -- Earth materials and systems
ESS2B 3-5 -- Plate tectonics and large-scale system interactions

State Standards

Colorado Academic Standards
SC. 4.3.1: Earth has changed over time.
SC 4.3.2: Four major earth systems interact.
SC 4.3.3: Earth’s physical features occur in patterns.
SC 5.3.3: Earth's major systems interact in multiple ways to affect Earth's surface materials and processes.
SC 5.3.4: Most of Earth's water is in the ocean and much of Earth's freshwater in glaciers or underground.

Reading, Writing, and Communicating:
RW.3.1.1: Participate cooperatively in group activities.