Maps to the Rescue! Using Maps in Rocky Mountain National Park-FREE

by  Rocky Mountain National Park

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Maps are important tools that help us understand the world we live in and help us communicate important information about the past and present. 

During this program, students will discover the importance of maps for visitors and rangers in Rocky. They will become Search and Rescue rangers and use maps and clues in a scenario to find a missing hiker.  

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About This Program


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This program is FREE.


45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 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

Literacy, Problem Solving, Sciences, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Google Hang Out
Microsoft Teams

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.

Virtual Programs Coordinator

Program Details


1. Program begins with introduction to Rocky Mountain National Park and the NPS emblem.
2. Ranger introduces maps and students make observations on what makes a good map.
3. Students receive the mission from a Search and Rescue ranger to help a lost person in the park.
4. Using clues and maps, students narrow down their search to aid the field search team.
5. Ranger leads students in discussion on preparedness when visiting wilderness and the importance of maps.
6. Time is allowed for questions and answers.


1. Determine at least 3 different functions of maps.
2. Identify the map legend and compass rose.
3. Recognize that colors are used to represent numerous different items on a map.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.RF.3a -- Use combined knowledge of all letter-sound correspondences, syllabication patterns, and morphology (e.g., roots and affixes) to read accurately unfamiliar multisyllabic words in context and out of context.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.RI.3 -- Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.RI.6 -- Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.RI.8 -- Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.RL.1 -- Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.National Geography Standard 1: How to use maps and other geographic representations, geospatial technologies, and spatial thinking to understand and communicate information.
National Geography Standard 3: How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places and environments on Earth's surface.
National Geography Standard 18: How to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future.

State Standards

SS.5.2.1 Use various geographic tools and sources to answer questions about the geography of the United States