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Animals of Rocky Mountain National Park- FREE

from Rocky Mountain National Park

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Rocky Mountain National Park's 415 square miles holds a diversity of wildlife including 66 species of mammals and over 280 species of birds. Spring is a rewarding time to observe some of these animals and their offspring as the area begins to sprout with new life!

Join an education ranger as they introduce five of these animals noting the differences between their parents and offspring, while exploring the characteristics that help them survive in this diverse landscape.

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30-45 min

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Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Estes Park, CO
United States

Rocky Mountain National Park's 415 square miles encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments in northern Colorado. Through utilizing basic video conferencing platforms, students across the country (and the world!) can bring Rocky Mountain National Park into their classroom! Whether your students are investigating the four ecosystems of Rocky, researching ranger opportunities, or delving into the fascinating world of winter, they're sure to have a memorable one-on-one experience with a ranger. Rocky's education program is proud to have developed this new way to connect with students that otherwise may never have had the opportunity to visit Rocky Mountain National Park. We look forward to expanding the reach of these programs to inspire students, our future park stewards.

Kathryn Ferguson

Program Details


1. Program begins with introduction to Rocky Mountain National Park and the NPS emblem.
2. Ranger introduces some of the animals of Rocky with a video.
3. Then ranger introduces the game of voting on whether animals shown are parents or offspring and class decides on voting gestures.
4. Together the group goes through the 5 animals noting characteristics they posses.
5. Time is allowed for questions and answers.


1. Differentiate between parent and offspring of various animals.
2. Identify one characteristic of at least two animals that helps them survive.
3. Recognize that animals in different environments require different characteristics.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Next Generation Science Standards
NGSS-1-LS1-2: Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive.
NGSS-1-LS3-1: Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, not exactly like, their parents.

State Standards

CO State Standards
Organisms can be described and sorted by their physical characteristics
Offspring have characteristics that are similar to but not exactly like their parents’ characteristics.
An organism is a living thing that has physical characteristics to help it survive.
Each plant or animal has different structures or behaviors that serve different functions.