National Parks Adventure

Austin ISD Social Studies Educator Guide

The National Parks are a great vehicle for studying our physical geography TEKS as well as the TEKS focused on the interaction of people and the environment.

In addition to the educator guide for the movie (shown below) that you'll receive by email, Austin ISD Social Studies has put together this overview of online resources that you can use to bring National Parks into your classroom!

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Start Here!

The first thing you should check out is the National Parks Service webpage at!

One reason why this film is so important this year, is because the National Parks Service turns 100 years old on August 25, 2016 and they want everyone to take part in the celebration!

One of the best parts of their site is the large collection of breath-taking photographs from their national parks and historical sites!

Not just parks and scenery...

In addition to the national parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite, Big Bend or Glacier, the National Park Services also manages National Historical Sites, like the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail or the LBJ Ranch in Johnson City.

The website also has history focused lessons for many of these national historic sites, such as Lessons on the Great Depression and New Deal, Abraham Lincoln, and the Mission Trail in Texas.

Check out some of the national historic sites, landmarks, and parks here.

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Can't take your students on a field trip to your nearest national park?

Check out the virtual field trips that some of the parks have available for you and your students!

Additionally, you can also find virtual tours of some of the national parks.

Even though your students may not have the opportunity to visit a national park during this school year, it's important that our students practice their citizenship TEKS and understand the importance of maintaining the National Park Service and what they can do to help!

Austin ISD Social Studies

If you have any additional questions on how you can incorporate the National Parks into your lessons, please contact us by any of the means below!

Beth Hudson, Elementary Social Studies

David Levee, Middle School Social Studies

Melanie Kirchhof, High School Social Studies