Public lands are some of the best outdoor classrooms in the world and, thanks to their websites, they can be some of the best online classrooms, too. At Interior, our experts at national parks, wildlife refuges, recreation areas, historic sites and research offices across the country are working to make sure it's easy to find educational and engaging resources online. From paleontology to geology, women’s history to Native American culture, bird guides to star maps, you can learn so much without ever leaving your home. You can take a virtual tour, get a real-time view through a webcam or earn a junior ranger badge. All you need is an internet connection and a sense of adventure.
If you're looking for relaxing and free coloring activities, there are plenty of pages to check out, but here are a few of our favorites:
Glacier National Park offers a plethora of activity and coloring pages for all ages. Color amazing animals and plants that can be found in the park. You can also download puzzles, games and other activities. Visit Glacier National Park’s Coloring and Alphabet Books page.
Beautifully designed and intricate to color, the U.S. National Wildlife Refuge System's Find Your Way coloring pages will help pass the time and get you in the creative zone.
The underwater world is unlocked with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's fish-themed coloring books as well as an entire digital toolbox. These resources bring fun to school (the fish kind).
Learn all about these manatees and have some fun with this collection of puzzles, trivia and coloring activities. These gentle, slow-moving, peaceful creatures are nicknamed “sea cows” and can teach us all something about taking it slow.
The Bureau of Land Management offers downloadable junior ranger activity books that have hundreds of games and stories about your public lands. Adventure all over the country in your own home with these educational and entertaining activities.
The National Park Service provides ways to explore as Junior Rangers online, through webcams and a number of great activities.
A number of our public lands bring a unique perspective through webcams. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hosts a number of wildlife cams and trail cam footage, active at various points throughout the year. With a ton of National Park webcams to choose from, we pulled some of the most popular and listed them below:
The cameras help share these places no matter where you are.
Free lesson plans and teacher resources can complement a curriculum no matter what age. If you don't see what you're looking for through the post, be sure to deep dive into some of these links:
This booklet is a gateway to all you need to know about the dazzling Alaskan landscape and Kenai Fjords National Park. Material on fascinating Tufted Puffins and vast icefields are just the beginning in this educational adventure. Absorb all kinds of natural facts with the lessons and activities included.
Learn all about the “Sacred Place of Pele” from Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, a park defined by its cultural and geological connection in the explosive landscape. In this resource, learn all about the Hawaiian goddess Pele and sacred sites that link the park to its cultural history.
Predict Old Faithful - Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful is perhaps one of the most popular geysers in the world. Though most geysers are not predictable, Old Faithful is famous for its regularity. Use the rangers' formula and live webcam of the geyser to predict its next eruption.
Discover the Lost World of Dinosaurs with Dinosaur National Monument. Study the ancient lives of prehistoric creatures through this online resource. Dig deeper through videos, activities and facts about the dinosaurs who once roamed your national parks.
Read about the Founding of our Government at Independence Hall National Historical Park. The Pennsylvania park is an integral part of our American history — it was the location of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Learn all about the American Revolution and the document’s connection to our nation’s past and future.
Keep your mind flowing with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Water Science School. Test your knowledge on the heart of all life on Earth. From quizzes on rainfall to videos on glaciers, there is much to explore.
Looking out the window of your home, you can probably see a bird. But what kind of bird is it? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service suggests these wonderful bird identification resources. With an amazing variety of colors, sizes, shapes and behaviors, learning about birds can become a lifelong passion. Now start making some feathered friends!
Join rangers on Channel Islands National Park in California as they dive through towering kelp forests and hike dramatic island trails. The remote islands hold natural treasures that you can watch in real-time through live webcams.
Hear the story of one of our greatest Presidents with the Lincoln Memorial. This site explores the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln through a virtual journey of the memorial. Interactive spherical panoramas, stories from rangers, and compelling photography and animation are just a few components of the virtual experience.
Take a virtual dive with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. Experience clear blue water and observe underwater species with this 360-degree video. Don’t forget to watch out for sharks!
Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania has a wonderful virtual tour that provides a comprehensive and immersive experience of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Virtually visit and explore these wildlife videos as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service builds out a video library specifically around visiting national wildlife.
There are times when we get homesick for a national park or wildlife refuge that we can't experience in person (for one reason or another). At the Department of the Interior, we think you should have access to these places and resources whenever you'd like. They are yours, and we are always looking for ideas on how to bring them closer to you.