To access the National Park Service web site go to https://www.nps.gov/. Click on Teachers, and follow the links.
There are connections to make with available curriculum materials, field trip planning, traveling trunks, materials to loan and many more.
Junior Ranger Program - Whitman Mission National Historic Site has a Junior Ranger Program. Participants gain an understanding of the resource work and story of the mission by completing a Junior Ranger booklet. If you want to do the Junior Ranger program with a class, please talk with a ranger beforehand so we can prepare the materials in advance.
Teaching With Historic Places - Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) uses properties listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects. TwHP has created a variety of products and activities that help teachers bring historic places into the classroom.
One of Teaching with Historic Places' primary offerings is a series of classroom-ready lesson plans. Created by National Park Service interpreters, preservation professionals, and educators, these lessons use historic sites to explore American history.
All of the lessons are available free of charge on the Web. On-line lesson plans are ready for immediate use in the classroom. They can be used directly on the computer or they can be printed out, photocopied, and distributed to students.
Parks As Classrooms - Go to the Parks As Classrooms website at https://www.nps.gov/learn/pac.htm. Access the WebRangers and Junior Rangers programs.
The "Parks As Classrooms" program was developed to provide parks with seed money for new and innovative opportunities for Americans to learn about their national parks.
National Park Week - Plan a National Parks Week event held every April. Click on https://www.nps.gov/npweek/ and start planning an event or attend a scheduled one near your nearest national park site.
National Park Week is an annual Presidentially proclaimed week for celebration and recognition of Your National Parks.
Your National Parks are living examples of the best this Nation has to offer - our magnificent natural landscapes and our varied yet interrelated heritage. Parks can provide recreational experiences, opportunities to learn and grow, and places of quiet refuge.
This year, take a moment, an hour, a day to visit the national parks near you.