Habitat Investigators-FREE

by  Rocky Mountain National Park

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Forest, tundra, wetland- oh my! Ever wonder what makes these
habitats so unique? Go on a ranger-led exploration through these 3 different
habitats to uncover the plants and animals that live there and create your very
own "habitat investigator log" along the way!

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About This Program


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45 minutes to 1 hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 2, 3, Homeschool/Family Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

No maximum

Primary Disciplines

Literacy, Sciences, Writing

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.

About This Provider

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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. The program begins with an introduction to Rocky Mountain National Park.
2. Students learn the four parts of a habitat.
3. The ranger introduces the mission to explore three special habitats in Rocky.
4. The ranger shares how to fill out their investigator log.
5. Students "travel" to the different habitats to explore with Ranger Michele and fill out their log along the way.
6. After the journey is complete, students will reflect on each habitat and apply their knowledge to other habitats across the world and what makes them different.
7. 5 to 10 minutes is left at the end for questions and answers.


Students will be able to:
1. Identify and compare differences between Forest, Wetlands, and Tundra habitats
2. Create and take notes in a habitat investigator log.
3. Name at least 1 feature representative of each habitat discussed.
4. Apply their knowledge to other habitats across the world and what makes them different.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

ESS2A K-2 -- Earth materials and systems
LS4D K-2 -- Biodiversity and humans

State Standards

Colorado Academic Standards:
SC.2.2.2: A range of different organisms lives in different places.
SC.3.2.1: Organisms have unique and diverse life cycles.
SC 3.2.2: Being part of a group helps animals obtain food, defend themselves and cope with changes.
SC. 3.2.3: Different organisms vary in how they look and function because they have different inherited information; the environment also affects the traits that an organism develops.

Reading, Writing, and Communicating:
RW.2.1.1: Engage in dialogue and learn new information through active listening
RW.2.1.2: Deliver presentations while maintaining focus on topic and be prepared to discuss
RW.2.3.2: Write informative/explanatory texts organized around main ideas which are supported by relevant details, facts, and definitions
RW.2.4.1: Participate in shared research and inquiry, gathering information from a variety of resources to answer questions
RW.3.1.1: Participate cooperatively in group activities.
RW.3.3.2: Write informative/explanatory texts developed with facts, definitions, and details, ending with a related concluding statement
RW.3.4.1: Gather, interpret, and communicate information discovered during short research projects.