Hidden Worlds: Kenai Fjords National Park
All of us have a perception of what constitutes a park, depending largely on our past experiences and where we live. In this lesson, students will learn the history of how the National Park Service came to be and then virtually visit Kenai Fjords National Park.

Today’s Activities

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Engage

Explore the history of how the National Park Service came to be and how Presidents Lincoln, Grant, Roosevelt and Wilson helped protect areas like Yosemite and Yellowstone. Learn the difference between National Forests and National Parks.

Watch the 4 minute video titled Here’s How the National Park Service Got Started from the History Channel.

  • 1st time: Watch all the way through without stopping.
  • 2nd time: Watch and pause, rewind and fast forward to gather information to complete this Video Review Question Sheet.
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Explore

Throughout this week, you are going to get an opportunity to virtually visit five different National Parks. 

Today’s exploration takes us to Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Rappel into a crevasse, kayak through icebergs, and watch a glacier recede. Click within the video to interactively visit each feature.

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Explain

After virtually visiting Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska, think about the following questions.

  1. What did you notice about this National Park?
  2. What do you wonder about this National Park?
  3. What were some unique features about this park that was different than the other parks you virtually visited? Would you want to visit this park someday? Why or why not.

You can also use this template to explain what you learned and share it with a teacher.

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Elaborate

By the end of the week, you will have visited 5 different National Parks!  Choose one of these five parks you virtually visited, or choose a different one that interests you.  Create a brochure, google slide presentation or infographic that encourages visitors to come to the park to enjoy the unique features it has to offer. 

 Information to include:

  • Name and location of the National Park.
  • Where to stay when visiting the park.
  • Activities visitors can participate in at the park.
  • Two unique characteristics of the park.
  • History of the park – When did it become a park? Why was it preserved as a park? The human history of the area?

Share your creation with a teacher or parent.

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Extend

Learn more about glaciers here: Life of a Glacier.

Learn How Art Helped Establish America’s First National Park through National Park Quest: A Journey of Artists.

Want to know more about Alaska’s history? Watch “Quick History Guide to Alaska” or read this.

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