Are you waiting to take a family vacation this summer? Many of our plans have been cancelled and we are having a hard time with it. We are still trying to get out in nature and explore the best that we can locally. Thankfully, there are some amazing online resources to explore from the comforts of your home. Your family will enjoy these free resources for discovering Grand Teton National Park.
Grand Teton National Park is located in Northwestern Wyoming only 10 miles from the famous Yellowstone National Park. It is one of the most scenic national parks in the world with the Grand Teton mountain range being the center point of the park.
Grand Teton is smaller than its sister park Yellowstone, but full of breathtaking views and hiking trails. It is full of rivers and valleys and home to forests, and wildflowers. There are 12 small glaciers inside the park. It has diverse wildlife and lots of large mammals such as grizzly bears, gray wolves, coyotoes, river otters, cougars, elk, bison and moose.
Grand Teton National Park was actually established twice. Originally in 1929 to protect the mountain ranges and surrounding lakes. Then it was establsihed again in 1950 when the valley floors as well as the Jackson Hole National Monument were incorporated into the park.
FREE Resources for Discovering Grand Teton National Park:
There are lots of free printables, fact sheets, printable book lists, coloring sheets, games and worksheets for students. There are also lesson plans, and printables for teachers from Grand Teton NPS.
FREE U.S. Natural Landmarks Notebooking Journal – explore 30 different natural landmarks in America, including Grand Teton with this free download!
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Websites and Virtual Tours:
Virtual tours are perfect for when you can’t get out to explore. They provide a nice escape from the mundane. Virtual tours give your children the opportunity to explore an amazing place that they may never get a chance to visit due to cost or location. You are going to love the variety in these different tours that I found that really showcase the best parts of this national park!
Grand Teton National Park Virtual Tour – with these virtual tours you can take a virtual climb to the top of the Tetons to see beautiful vistas. Take a hike around String Lake or drive through the Moose-Wilson Corridor to learn more about wildlife. There are even printable worksheets for different grade levels to learn about the ecology of the area to use with your virtual tours.
3D Photo Tour of Grand Teton National Park – USGS – These images are beautiful and they are created in 3D to make them pop out. If you have some cheap 3D glasses laying around, then this would be fun to look at with your kids at home on the computer. There are detailed descriptions of each photograph, so that you know exactly what you are looking at.
Explore Grand Teton National Park with these 360 VR Virtual Tour Videos from Adventures with Abel James – There are over a dozen videos that will make you feel like you are right there in the park exploring the glaciers, wildflowers, hiking, fishing and more!
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!
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