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United States National Parks Web Quest

This year marks the 100th anniversary of National Parks! To celebrate, we are going to learn about the creation and history of national parks in the United States of America. We are going to be focusing on the history of the National Park Service and exploring a virtual national park. This web quest will give you resources to study the history.



Go to each of the following websites listed and answer the corresponding questions on a separate sheet of paper. Once you have completed all the questions on the guide, you will then choose a national park to focus on from the website provide and present it to the class. Have fun!


Website 1: https://www.nps.gov/americasbestidea/templates/timeline.html

This is the National Park Services website that provides the history of the service in an interactive timeline. Use the timeline and the article beneath the timeline to answer these questions.



1. About how many national parks are there today?

2. Whose painting of Yellowstone help made its case to protect the area’s wonders?

3. What happened in 1956?


Website 2: https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/presidents/theodoreroosevelt

This website give the biography of President Theodore Roosevelt, who started the National Park

Services. Read about his life and his contributions to America.



1. What number president was Theodore Roosevelt?

2. What did Theodore Roosevelt win the Nobel Peace Prize for?

3. What were some of his most effective achievements?



Website 3: https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/parks

This website allows for you to take a digital tour of a national park. You can explore and learn by clicking on things with your mouse. You might want to wear headphones to get the full experience. Please explore at least one of the national parks.



1. Name of the national park you explored:

2. What is one thing you learned about the national park?

3. What is a benefit of having a digital tour?



Website 4: https://www.npca.org/about/our-story

This is the National Parks Conservation Association website. They work to conserve and protect national parks in the United States. At this website you will learn about this group and their story.



1. When was the NPCA created?

2. What does the NPCA try to do to the public? ( two words)

3. What does NPCA try to do to the decision makers? (one word)



Website 5: http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/experience/america/national- parks/2016/08/24/national-park-service-100-years-anniversary-centennial/89274734/

Here is a news article by USA Today that celebrated the centennial (100 years) of the National Park Service.



1. What was the first national park established?

2. What day did President Woodrow Wilson sign the bill establishing the National Park


3. How many people are employed by the National Park Services?



Now that you have learned more about National Parks and the National Park Services, you get the chance to present a national park to the class! Use this website to pick a National Park in the United States and create a poster to share with the class. Include the flowing information and some pictures! On your poster include the following things:


Name of National Park

Where it is located

History of park

Animals and Plants that can be found in the park Famous Landmark or natural icon in park

Use this website to pick a park:

https://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm If you have any questions feel free to ask me!

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