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"Dynamic Earth" Education Program

Dynamic Earth is an on-site curriculum and fieldtrip program for schoolchildren focusing on how the forces of nature (uplift and erosion) worked together to create the Grand Canyon. Funding from the Arizona Republic Charities supports this wonderfully innovative program geared toward elementary school students around the state who are enrolled in free or reduced-lunch programs.

Sanborn Elementary School children with Jacob Fillion, NPS park ranger and program director

Dynamic Earth exposes thousands of Arizona schoolchildren to the extraordinary learning experiences uniquely offered by the Grand Canyon. For many of these children, Dynamic Earth provides their first opportunity to visit and learn about the Grand Canyon. Using a holistic, hands-on approach both in the classroom and during their Grand Canyon fieldtrip, this special program provides a meaningful context for children to learn about the canyon's fascinating history and geology, setting the stage for lifelong curiosity and educational adventures.

Specific Dynamic Earth program components include:

  • teacher training workshops at the park prior to fieldtrips
  • small grants to teachers attending workshops to purchase classroom materials
  • park ranger visits to schools prior to fieldtrips to build upon in-class activities
  • evening outreach programs for students and their parents
  • travel grants to offset transportation costs for fieldtrips to the park
  • student journals with Grand Canyon information and activities before, during, and after fieldtrips
Learn more about Dynamic Earth and other fun educational programs at Grand Canyon National Park.

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