#CelebrateWithDE – National Park Week

National Park Week is April 21-29 and this year the National Park Service’s theme is “Park Stars.” The focus is not only on literal stars in the sky but also on stellar people, places, and things in the park system. We’ve curated some fantastic resources about our National Parks and the amazing discoveries you’ll make when spending time in them, even if you are visiting virtually. We encourage you to use this week to celebrate all the wonderful places in the U.S. and the stars who study, protect, and cherish them.


Featured Resources

Content Collection: National Parks
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Assorted Resources

Marvel at the national parks of the United States. Since the late nineteenth century, U.S. presidents have established national parks to preserve and protect natural wonders.
 
Stewardship and the National Park Service
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Communicates how stewardship is the mission of the NPS and explains the role of the National Park Service in preserving some of the most important historical and natural treasures of the USA.


Celebrate All Week

Visit a different National Park every day using the resources in your Discovery Education account. Or investigate a different aspect of a single park – maybe one very close to your school or one very far away. We’ve used Yellowstone National Park to demonstrate the variety of materials available for many parks.
 
Wolves in Yellowstone
Science Techook
Grades 3-5, Reading Passage

By the 1930s, there were no wolves left in and around Yellowstone National Park.
 
Yellowstone National Park
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Encyclopedia Article

Discusses the features and history of this park.
 
 
The World from Above: Upper Geyser Basin and Old Faithful
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

Examines the geothermal features of Upper Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park, and profiles Old Faithful, the most predictable and calculable geyser in the park.
 
Discoveries America National Parks
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

Covers the history, science, and wonders of Yellowstone National Park. The program explores Yellowstone’s famous geological thermals and waterways and captures the experience of the millions of visitors who attend each year.


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You might study the flora, fauna, rock formations, water features, and history of one particular park. Or select two or more parks with wildly different geological features and compare them. Use strategies like 25 Things You Didn’t Know and Get VENN-y With It from our Spotlight on Strategies series to collect and categorize information. Encourage your students to create their own park brochure, then download an existing one and compare! Post your appreciation of our National Parks on social media using #CelebrateWithDE!


Interested in joining classrooms around the world to Celebrate holidays year round? Check out our Timely Content Page for our Virtual Viewing Parties and more Instructional Strategies.

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