National Parks Make Awesome Classrooms

Alanna SobelNPF Blog

Are you a teacher? Know a teacher? Or just LOVE our national parks? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you have to check out National Park Foundation's upcoming Electronic Field Trip (EFT) to Arizona's Saguaro National Park! It's awesome and it's FREE!

EFTs give students from across the country and around the world the chance to learn about national parks and a variety of environmental topics in a fun and interactive way! On Friday, October 21, 2011 the National Park Foundation is broadcasting live from Saguaro National Park and will be focusing on the role biodiversity plays in this unique desert environment.

And get this – this time around, the EFT is extra special as it coincides with the National Geographic Society-National Park Service fifth annual BioBlitz. At this year's BioBlitz, more than 150 leading scientists and naturalists from around the country, thousands of local citizens of all ages, and more than 2,000 students from the greater Tucson area will be coming together for this scientific endeavor/festival/outdoor classroom! Sounds like a good time, right? We definitely think so!

The EFT will include two, live, hour-long broadcasts (1pm ET and 4pm ET) which can be viewed online at and on participating public television stations. Register here today and help us spread the word!

P.S. We've even pulled together some lesson plans and interactive games to accompany the EFT – check them out at!

Last updated October 12, 2011.

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