Maps to the Rescue! -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 Mountain National Park by becoming Search and Rescue rangers, using maps and clues in a scenario to find a missing hiker.

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About This Program


By Request: $0.00
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45 minutes to 1 hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, Homeschool/Family Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

No maximum

Primary Disciplines

Literacy, Problem Solving, 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. Students make observations on what makes a good map and learn about the different types of maps.
3. Students make their own relief and topographic maps using their hands.
4. Ranger introduces the kinds of people who use maps in national parks and students receive a mission from a Search and Rescue ranger to help find a lost person in the park (in a scenario).
5. Using clues and maps, students narrow down their search to aid the field search team.
6. Ranger leads students in discussion on preparedness when visiting wilderness and the importance of maps.
7. 5 to 10 minutes is left at the end for questions and answers.


Students will be able to:
1. Determine at least 3 different functions of maps.
2. Determine who uses maps in national parks.
3. Identify parts of a map that are helpful in reading it.
4. Recognize the importance of maps for exploring the wilderness safely.

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

Colorado Academic Standards
SS.3.2.1: Use geographic tools to develop spatial thinking skills.
SS.3.2.2: Define the concept of region through an examination of similarities and differences in places and communities.
SS.4.2.1: Use geographic tools to research and answer questions about Colorado geography.
SS.5.2.1 Use various geographic tools and sources to answer questions about the geography of the United States