Natural Hazards Happening Now!-FREE

by  Rocky Mountain National Park

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Rocky Mountain National Park and its surrounding communities
have experienced major flooding events. In this program, students will act as
meteorologists and study historic floods using a virtual flood table model.
Students will apply their new knowledge to predict future natural hazards.  

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About This Program


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45 minutes to 1 hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 2, 3, 4, Homeschool/Family

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

No maximum

Primary Disciplines

Literacy, Reading, 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.

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.

Virtual Programs Coordinator

Program Details


1. Program begins with introduction to Rocky Mountain National Park.
2. Ranger introduces different natural hazards with a riddle guessing game.
3. Students become meteorologists to study historic flood events in Rocky to learn how predict future floods.
4. Students use models to understand how different weather events and hazards can cause floods.
5. Students apply their knowledge to new scenarios and predict whether a flood will occur or not.
6. The group discusses mitigation strategies to prevent future floods.
7. 5 to 10 minutes is left at the end for questions and answers.


Students will be able to:
1. Name a variety of causes and effects of floods.
2. Take on the role of meteorologists and use their knowledge from the program to make predictions of future flooding.
3. Discuss mitigation strategies for flooding.

Standards Alignment

State Standards

Colorado Academic Standards:
SC.2.3.1: Some events on Earth occur quickly; others can occur very slowly
SC. 2.3.2: Wind and water can change the shape of the land; models can show the shape and these changes to the land.
SC. 3.3.2: A variety of weather hazards result from natural process; humans cannot eliminate weather-related hazards but can reduce their impacts.
SC. 4.3.5: A variety of weather hazards result from natural process; humans cannot eliminate weather-related hazards but can reduce their impacts.
Social Studies:
SS.3.1.2: Identify how people in the past influence the development and interaction of different communities or regions
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
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.2.3.3: Write real or imagined narratives that describe events in sequence and provide a sense of closure
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.3.3.1: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons
RW.3.3.2: Write informative/explanatory texts developed with facts, definitions, and details, ending with a related concluding statement
RW.3.3.3: Write real or imagined narratives that use descriptive details, have a clear sequence of events, and provide closure
RW.3.4.1: Gather, interpret, and communicate information discovered during short research projects.
RW.4.1.2: Create a plan to effectively present information both informally and formally.
RW.4.3.3: Write engaging, real or imagined narratives using descriptive details and dialogue to convey a sequence of related events
RW.4.4.1: Use a variety of resources to build and communicate knowledge related to open-ended research questions