Grace Sparkes and the Founding of Coronado National Memorial (Free!)

by  Southeast Arizona National Parks

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Join a National Park Service ranger for Women's History Month and learn about Grace Sparkes, an energetic mover and shaker who spent decades in Prescott, Arizona promoting civic projects and early tourism in the state before becoming a driving force in the establishment of Coronado National Memorial.

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30-45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Microsoft Teams

Booking Information

IMPORTANT: When selecting Program Delivery Mode, please select the mode that works best for your class and/or participants. Members must provide Southeast Arizona National Parks with the connection link. Please check your email for a confirmation from a ranger requesting a program link. Requesting dates at least two weeks in advance is appreciated! Also note, particularly if you are on the east coast, Arizona is on Mountain Standard Time year-round. We have availability most days from 8:00am - 4:00pm MST.

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Southeast Arizona National Parks

Hereford, AZ
United States

The National Park Service's Southeast Arizona Group (SEAZ) includes Chiricahua National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, and Fort Bowie National Historic Site. The three sites are managed by one leadership team, headed by a superintendent. 

Every park in the group is unique in its own right: the cultural history of Fort Bowie and the shaping of the American West, the geologic grandeur of the standing rocks at Chiricahua, and the Spanish history and rich landscape of Coronado National Memorial. Yet, each park shares more in common than geography alone. The SEAZ Group parks are protected areas where important historical events took place and where crucial biological habitats intersect. 

Join us in real time with a ranger to learn more about what one, or all three of our park sites, has to offer!

Carlotta Caplenor

Program Details


1. The program begins with an introduction to Southeast Arizona National Parks and the presenting ranger.
2. We then discuss the National Park Service arrowhead and what it represents.
3. Next, participants are introduced to Grace Sparkes and her importance to early Arizona tourism.
4. Then we identify why Coronado National Memorial was established and barriers that were overcome to make it happen.
5. The remaining time will be used to answer questions.


In this program, participants will be able to:
- Describe accomplishments of Grace Sparkes and her influence on the early tourism industry of Arizona
- Identify the difference between a national memorial and a national monument
- List at least two things that stood in the way of making Coronado National Memorial a reality and how they were overcome

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Common Core Standards

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3-5 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.

Identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides to support particular points.

Summarize the points a speaker makes and explain how each claim is supported by reasons and evidence.

State Standards

Arizona State Social Studies Standards

3.SP1.3 Generate questions about individuals and groups who have impacted history.

3.SP2.1 Explain why individuals and groups have different points of view on the same event.

3.H1.1 Utilize a variety of sources to construct a historical narrative exploring Arizona’s cultures, civilizations, and innovations.
• Influential individuals and groups in the history and development of Arizona.

3.H2.1 Use primary and secondary sources to generate questions about the causes and effects of conflicts and resolutions throughout Arizona’s history.

5.H2.1 Use primary and secondary sources to summarize the causes and effects of conflicts, resolutions, and social movements throughout the historical timeframe.