Life On The Lava

600 middle school students visited Craters of the Moon National Monument to learn about extreme ecosystems such as the vast ocean of lava flows, the strange world of caves, and the scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush that make up this national park site. Students learned the different animal adaptations to survive in the harsh young volcanic terrain in a high desert environment, studied other forms of plant life that call the park home, and even explored their artistic side by creating posters, drawings, and poems to reflect on their day at the park.

Craters of the Moon Ranger Douglass Owen

Craters of the Moon National Monument student art project

One student said it best, “Our field trip was the awesomest day of my life. I believe all kids should go to learn about volcanoes and explore the caves!”

Start a Conversation

This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Stay Inspired
Connect with the parks you love. Sign up to receive the latest NPF news, information on how you can support our national treasures, and travel ideas for your next trip to the parks. Join our community.