Every Rock Has a Story- FREE

by  Rocky Mountain National Park

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Students will become geologists that learn how to observe the land to understand what processes are acting upon it and to describe and identify rocks by their family-sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic.

Using these geologist skills, they will uncover Rocky Mountain National Park's geologic story. 

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45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 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


Program Delivery Mode

Google Hang Out

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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For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

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. Students share their rock "friends" that they brought to the program and make observations with the ranger.
3.. Ranger introduces different rock types.
4.. Students participate in a creative rock cycle story.
5. Ranger "travels" to different spots around Rocky to uncover stories told by the rocks.
6. Time is allowed for questions and answers.


1. Identify the three different types of rocks.

2. Describe the forces that act upon rocks to change them into another rock type (heat, heat and pressure, erosion and weathering).

3. Participate in a creative story about a rock incorporating the different parts of the rock cycle.

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

4-LS.1 Earth has changed over time.
4-LS.3 Earth’s physical features occur in patterns.