Printed on: September 28, 2013

Helping teachers help their students

A new website provides lesson plans for teachers on national parks.

By NATE SUNDERLAND
nsunderland@postregister.com

Idaho teachers have a new educational tool to help students learn about national parks and monuments.

The National Park Service has launched "For Teachers," an online service at www.nps.gov/teach ers, which provides a one-stop shop for teachers to find curriculum-based lesson plans, maps, history and activities centered around federally protected parks.

Each of the 401 national sites has a presence on the new website. Experts from each of the sites had a hand in developing the resources for each individual park and monument.

"This provides an easy, searchable list of all our lessons plans for teachers to use in the classroom and on field trips," said Ted Stout, spokesman for Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. "Teachers can now utilize the best outdoor lessons from across the nation."

On the Craters of the Moon section of the site, educators can explore 12 lesson plans, plan a field trip and find opportunities for professional development.

All the information is free and also can be accessed by parents and children.

"This really provides teachers the ability to teach kids about national parks in a much easier way," Stout said.

Reporter Nate Sunderland can be reached at 542-6763.