Hidden Worlds: Bryce Canyon 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 explore the unique geology of Utah and Bryce Canyon National Park.

Today’s Activities

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Engage

Take a journey to explore Utah’s unique geologic story through an interactive calendar.  Explore a different location each month.  Visit this site to see features highlighted for the months of January – May.  Come back and visit each month to discover something new throughout the year!

  • What are some of the unique differences between Utah’s geology and where you live?
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Explore

Throughout this week, you have an opportunity to virtually visit five different National Parks.  Today’s exploration takes us to Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.  Gaze up at the night sky, ride horseback through a canyon, and see hoodoos up close. The pages are interactive so take some time to explore!

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Explain

After virtually visiting Bryce Canyon National Park,  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. 

  • Use this Park Finder or Find a Park to get started. 
  • Once you pick your National Park, go directly to that National Parks website to find more information. 
  • 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

Maybe you would like to visit Utah in the future.   Explore the outdoor recreation opportunities around Zion and Bryce Canyon

How hoodoos are formed.  The Geology of Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks – don’t miss the 9-minute video with Ranger Poe at the bottom of the page.  

Learn more about The People of Bryce Canyon.

Explore the night sky from your backyard. Find out what is visible in May by visiting, What’s Up in Tonight’s Sky.

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