Ask a Ranger - Free!

by  Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

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Ask a Ranger can be adapted for any grade level. In this program, students learn about Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, the park service, and the ranger themselves as they interact with a uniformed ranger. After an introduction to the National Park Service emblem and meaning, the ranger will address questions from the classroom, using props and presentations to share the ecology, wildlife, and history of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Classrooms prepare and send questions ahead of time. 

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is one of 421 National Park Service areas. The National Park Service “conserves the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” Park Rangers work at National Park sites to help protect these areas. There are different kinds of rangers who work at parks in a variety of positions that all work towards preserving and conserving the park. Whiskeytown National Recreation Area preserves an area of northern California a unique array of plants and animals. 

This program can be adjusted for any age group, from lower elementary to university level. 


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Point to Point: $0.00



30 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod

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Primary Disciplines

Leadership, Sciences, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Microsoft Teams

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please give us 48 hours notice to cancel or reschedule a program.

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Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Whiskeytown, CA
United States

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is a 42,000 acre site located in Northern California, 10 miles from Redding. We have diverse ecosystems ranging from oak scrubland to dense coniferous forests. Our elevation ranges from about 600 feet (200 meters) and climbs to over 6000 feet (2000 meters). This all creates an incredible location for a huge range in plants and wildlife and recreation opportunities. Whiskeytown's virtual programs serve the National Park Service mission by helping others enjoy these lands and by teaching about the unique ecosystems, geology and history. Join us in real time with a ranger to learn about Whiskeytown!

Please contact us if you have any questions about program topics or making programs accessible for all participants.

At this time our virtual programs are on rather limited due to limited staffing and moving into our summer visitation season. We look forward to hosting regular virtual programs again in September!

Tyler Compton

Program Details


1.) This program begins with an introduction to the National Park Service and Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.
2.) Students then learn about the presenting ranger, and see images from the various parks that they've worked in.
3.) Ranger then goes through their questions, using accompanying photographs, props, and videos to answer questions and help provide a deeper understanding of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.
4.) Students are invited to ask additional questions.


Students will:

-gain an understanding of what a national park site is, and the various things they protect.
-compare the different careers available in the National Park Service.
-identify the local ecosystem and some of the plants and animals that live here.
-develop an appreciate for the intricacies and moving parts of operation a national park site.
-have all their questions answered about Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, and the National Park Service.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

This program is easily adaptable and can be focused and aligned with a standard of your preference.