Sounds of Rocky Mountain National Park- FREE

by  Rocky Mountain National Park

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Rocky Mountain National Park's 415 square miles hold an expansive library of sounds- from rushing waterfalls in the spring to the sounds of elk bugling in the fall. But how are those sounds created and how do they get to our ears?

Join a Ranger to explore the mechanics of sound, quiz your sound knowledge, and experience the soundscapes of Rocky Mountain National Park!

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45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 1, 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.

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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.

We will be joining you on your link.

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Receive this program and 9 more for one low price when you purchase the CILC Virtual Expeditions package. Learn more

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. Students are introduced to sounds by playing a matching sound game.
3. Ranger discusses the mechanics of sound by demonstrating an experiment.
4. Students and ranger explore how animals in Rocky use sounds to survive.
5. Students draw a picture to depict how sound travels.
6. Time is allowed for questions and answers.


1. Make observations to determine that objects make sound
2. Conduct an observation to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound
3. Conduct an investigation to observe sound causing an object to vibrate

Standards Alignment

National Standards

LS1A K-2 -- Structure and function
LS1B K-2 -- Growth and development of organisms
PS4A K-2 -- Wave properties

State Standards

CO State Standards
SC.1.1.1 Sound can make matter vibrate and vibrating matter can make sound.