|Exploring the Real Thing web site supports the National Park Service's strategic plan by providing teachers with information on curriculum-based programs and materials offered by national parks in Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.
The Find A Program function of this web site includes a description of each park, as well as detailed information about specific education programs offered by each park.
The structure of Exploring the Real Thing web site is straightforward. National parks are listed alphabetically on the Find A Program page in a pull down menu. By choosing from this list, you will see all educational programs related to this park site. Alternately, if you choose to perform a criteria search, your results will be custom to your requirements, such as ties to the curriculum, target audience, location, group size and seasons that the program is offered.
Each program entry includes details to help you make a good choice for your school group. The information includes description, theme, subject, when the program is offered, for what audience groups, cost, length and services available. Finally, a park contact is provided in the case you have additional questions.
Exploring the Real Thing was developed with the belief that national parks offer opportunities for students to learn content and skills through structured learning experiences that explore the extraordinary natural and cultural resources preserved and interpreted by the National Park Service. We hope you will use this guide to make national parks part of your school curriculum.