The Traveling Sisterhood: Homeschooling at the Grand Canyon: National Parks As Classrooms!

Thursday, August 6

Homeschooling at the Grand Canyon: National Parks As Classrooms!



A trip to the Grand Canyon with the kiddos seemed like the perfect opportunity to teach them so much about Geology, southwest history and archaeology, as well as plant and animal biology! We also visited another nearby national park, Montezuma's Castle.  I found a variety of free resources so we focused our homeschool lessons on those topics the entire week before the trip.  Each National Park also has a free Ranger Program.  When you first arrive, head to the visitor's center to let the desk clerk know you'd like to sign your kids up.  There's a short and really cool little ceremony where the kids raise their hands and take a Junior Ranger pledge.  They receive a coloring book/activity guide and the family receives a schedule of the talks that will take place at the park throughout the day.  We attended one on deer and moose that everyone found so interesting!  All in all, our vacation was the perfect opportunity for our kiddos to experience everything they'd been learning firsthand. 


Little guy in the wilderness!  Pic by Daddy.




Montezuma's Castle, Cliff Dwelling in Northern Arizona

Free National Park Educational Resources
The Grand Canyon offers many educational resources--videos, lesson plans, and free printables for a variety of age groups.  You can find those here.  But the Grand Canyon isn't the only national park that offers these kinds of tools.  Google for the national park website you want to visit or browse them by state to discover amazing places you may never even have known existed.  At each park's website, you'll find a column to the left with various links.  Click on Learn about the Park and then on Education, and then on Parks as Classrooms.  You'll find a variety of resources!  

17 comments:

  1. My family loves getting outdoors. The Grand Canyon was one of our favorite places.

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  2. I think this sounds like a wonderful way to spend time outdoors and go exploring.

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  3. Wehaf1:12 PM

    We love being outdoors! We visited Shenandoah National Park recently and it was fabulous.

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  4. My husband and I went to the Grand Canyon and decided we need to take our family for the next trip. We got to camp about 20 feet from the north rim!

    sara.drexler(at)mail.northcentral.edu

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  5. This is so wonderful and I love the pics!

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  6. I really enjoyed reading this and seeing the pics! Thanks so much!

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  7. Sunnie10:47 PM

    Great pictures! Id like to use this with homeschooling
    sunniewoodyplus2 atmsn.com

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  8. This would be fun to give us some new ideas for outdoor fun together.
    Brittney House BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

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  9. I love your blog! My favorite print!

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  10. We enjoy exploring the outdoors especially when the weather is so beautiful.

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  11. Anonymous8:18 AM

    We had a great time when we took ours kids there. Seems like yesterday, but looking at the photos I realize it has been almost 10 years!! Enjoy making memories, it goes fast!
    Jody C

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  12. The Grand Canyon is one of the best homeschooling methods with hands-on lessons to be learned that I can think of. Your pictures are great. I really like the Montezuma's Castle, Cliff Dwelling in Northern Arizona.

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  13. wow,,how cool that was,,i havent been there either,,what a nice way to learn

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  14. What a super open air classroom you had! It is great to know so many educational resources are available.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  15. These photos are just wonderful. I would love to visit there also and of course it is very educational too.
    twinkle at optonline dot net

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  16. Looks amazing!! love the pics !!! I have never been to the Canyon sure does look like loads of fun....ty for sharing!!!

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  17. What a wonderful place to teach kids about nature and history and so many other things.

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