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Grand Teton National Park

Turn Grand Teton National Park into your classroom! We offer programs year-round including field trips with hands-on exploration, rangers visiting your classroom with park resources, or even opportunities to connect to rangers digitally. Topics range from “taking a walk on the wild side” with ecology, “rocking the Tetons” with geology, or learning that "every snowflake counts" from rangers sitting at a desk made of snow. If you don't see a program here that meets your needs, please contact park educators to explore options for a customized program.

Megan Kohli
GRTE_Education@nps.gov
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Who Park rangers (GRTE_Education@nps.gov)
What Field trips and classroom visits about ecology, geology, history, ranger careers, and outdoor leadership
When All year
Where In your national park or your classroom
Why Because learning sticks when you experience the real thing!

Available Programs

Weather Wonders Snow Science Field Trip

Using scientific inquiry and tools to gather data, students learn about how abiotic factors (i.e. snow) influence biotic organisms (i.e. wildlife). Shovels and snowshoes provided! Students will also learn how animals have developed specific adaptations in order to survive the harsh winters of this ecosystem.  Cross-cutting Concept: A system can be described in terms of […]

Standards:
  • 4-ESS2-2 Earth’s Systems
  • 4-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structure and Processes
  • 4-LS1-2 From Molecules to Organisms: Structure and Processes
  • MS-ESS2-2 Earth’s System
  • MS-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structure and Processes
  • MS-PS1-2 Matter and Its Interactions
  • MS-PS1-3 Matter and Its Interactions
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Grand Teton Custom Youth Program

Teachers! If you have another concept or standard to teach and you think that park rangers and park resources can make it come alive for your students, please contact us! We are always happy to work with teachers to design a program or field trip that meets classroom needs and park goals. Contact GRTE_Education@nps.gov for […]

Standards:
  • 1-LS1-2 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures & Processes
  • 1-LS3-1 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
  • 2-LS4-1 Biological Unity and Diversity
  • 3-LS2-1 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • 3-LS3-2 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
  • 3-LS4-3 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • 4-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structure and Processes
  • 5-ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity
  • 5-LS2-1 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
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Habitats & Maps field trip

Explore the different communities of Grand Teton, and the diversity of wildlife that call them home, using larger-than-life maps and activities. Students will compare and contrast types of maps. They will use those maps to understand where to find habitats, recreational opportunities, roads, etc. in the park. Activities include Animal Olympics, giant park map “twister,” […]

Standards:
  • 2-LS4-1 Biological Unity and Diversity
  • 3-LS4-3 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • 4-ESS2-2 Earth’s Systems
  • K-2-ETS1-2 Engineering, Technology, & Applications of Science
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Seasons & Wildlife

Students use inquiry, outdoor exploration, and observation of scientific resources such as animal furs and antlers to understand animal adaptations. Students will learn about how animals change how they move, what they wear, and what they eat in each season. Depending on the time of year, there can also be the opportunity for a hike […]

Standards:
  • K-ESS2-1 Earth’s Systems
  • K-ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity
  • K-ESS3-2 Earth and Human Activity
  • K-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures & Processes
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Rock the Tetons Field Trip

Students explore rocks, landscapes, and maps to find evidence of erosion and uplift that made the Teton range. This field trip is designed for Grade 4 but can be adapted for Grades 2-7. Cross Disciplinary Concepts: Things may change slowly or rapidly. Patterns can be used as evidence to support an explanation. Cause and effect […]

Standards:
  • 2-ESS1-1 Earth’s Place in the Universe
  • 4-ESS1-1 Earth’s Place in the Universe
  • 4-ESS2-1 Earth’s Systems
  • 4-ESS2-2 Earth’s Systems
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Distance Learning: Snow Desk!

The park offers three programs from Snow Desk, each tailored to certain grade levels. All of these programs will be broadcast to you live, via Zoom, Teams or Google Hangout, from a desk made of snow at the base of the Teton Range. No matter the topic, it will be an amazing setting and a […]

Standards:
  • 2-ESS2-2 Earth’s Systems
  • 2-ESS2-3 Earth’s Systems
  • 2-LS4-1 Biological Unity and Diversity
  • 3-ESS2-2 Earth’s Systems
  • 3-LS2-1 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • 3-LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • 3-LS4-2 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • 3-LS4-3 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • 3-LS4-4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • 4-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structure and Processes
  • 5-ESS2-2 Earth’s Systems
  • K-ESS2-2 Earth’s Systems
  • K-ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity
  • K-ESS3-3 Earth and Human Activity
  • K-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures & Processes
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Earth History Classroom Visit

Students learn about what geologists study, learn about local rocks and rock types in an interactive rock lab, and re-create the Teton mountain range and glaciation process with a hands-on model. This program is offered in two versions, 1st-3rd grade and 4th-6th grade. 1st-3rd Grade Option: By the end of the program students should understand […]

Standards:
  • 2-ESS1-1 Earth’s Place in the Universe
  • 3-LS3-2 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
  • 3-LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • 3-LS4-4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • 4-ESS1-1 Earth’s Place in the Universe
  • 4-ESS2-2 Earth’s Systems
  • MS-LS1-5 From Molecules to Organisms: Structure and Processes
  • MS-LS2-4 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • MS-LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
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What is Wild? Field Trip

Learn about wild animals by exploring the visitor center, then take a short hike to the Murie Ranch to learn about the Murie’s legacy in protecting the wild. Cross Disciplinary Concepts: A system can be described in terms of its components and their interactions. Cause and effect relationships are routinely identified and used to explain […]

Standards:
  • 3-ESS2-2 Earth’s Systems
  • 3-LS4-2 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • 3-LS4-3 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • 5-ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity
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Winter Challenge Field Trip

Students use their own observations to understand animal behaviors and adaptations while snowshoeing in the footprints of GTNP wildlife. Students will compare and contrast wildlife and human “adaptations” to winter. Students will create their own imaginary winter animal and present it to the class. Snowshoes can be provided. Cross Disciplinary Concepts: The shape and stability […]

Standards:
  • 1-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures & Processes
  • 2-ESS2-3 Earth’s Systems
  • 2-LS4-1 Biological Unity and Diversity
  • 2-PS1-3 Matter and Its Interactions
  • K-2-ETS1-2 Engineering, Technology, & Applications of Science
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