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Sit and Get Enrichment

Live two-way interactive video conferencing and live or delayed web based conferences can provide curriculum enrichment opportunities for your classroom.

Video conferencing resources include:

Two-way video conferencing:

  • SNDLC Programs – The Southeast Nebraska Distance Learning Consortium has partnered with the following national park systems to  provide virtual field trip experiences.  At each national park, an education coordinator will share about K-12 programs they have created.  The link that is attached to the site provides contact and program information.
    • Henry Doorley Zoo – The zoo can bring live programs and engaging activites diretly to your students through video conferencing.  Visit the Lied Jungle, Desert Dome, Scott Aquarium, Hubbard Gorilla Valley, and Genetics.  Discover the importance of desert adaptations, rainforest life, oceans, penguins, genetics, conservation research and more.  Programs are 30-60 minutes in length and are offered on Tuesday through Frirday between 1 and 4 pm.  Contact 402-738-6903 or email to
    • Homestead National Monument – Homestead will tailor a conference to support your curriculum interests.  Enrichment areas include tall grass prairie which representa a living laboratory for science activitiess, a visit to Freeman School which is a one-room school built in 1872, the history of the homestead act, and a visit to the museum with over 50,000 artifacts.  Contact information 402-223-3514.  Education director is Tina Miller
    • BadlandsOver 240,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires make up South Dakota’s Badlands National Park. Rangers can use a special spotting scope to give your students a view of this unique landscape. Enrichment sessions can focus on fossils and sedimentary rock formations, extinct ancient animals and even one of today’s endangered species.
    • Brown vs Board of Education – Monroe Elementary School in Topeka, Kansas, is not the only site where the story of Brown v. Board of Education can be told.  There were many segregated schools throughout the country, and countless parents who disliked the segregated system and wanted something better for their children. (785-354-4273 x247)
    • Little Rock Central H.S. The site of the first important test for the implementation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic Brown v. Board of Education, your students can explore topics of segregation, integration and civil rights. (501-396-3000)
    • Minuteman Missle SiteOne of the nation’s newest national park areas, this site illustrates the history and significance of the Cold War, the arms race, and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) development. The facilities represent the only remaining intact components of a nuclear missile field that consisted of 150 Minuteman II missiles, 15 launch control centers, and covered over 13,500 square miles of southwestern South Dakota.
    • Mount Rushmore sheer size of the mountain carving on Mount Rushmore evokes a sense of awe. Add depth to your classroom discussions of these four presidents, or explore the math necessary to create these large-scale carvings. Art students may be interested in watching repairs in progress.
    • Nicodemus National Historic Site site in Kansas preserves and protects the only remaining western town established by African Americans during the Reconstruction Period following the Civil War. Explore the role that African-Americans played in America’s story of westward expansion! (785-839-4233)
    • Stones River National Park – Rangers from Stones River National Battlefield present two distance learning presentations in cooperation with the Instructional Technology Support Center and Middle Tennessee State University.  Next live session is October 7 – 9 to 10 am CST.
    • George Washington CarverGeorge Washington Carver National Monument is the first National Park site dedicated to an African American. The park preserves the birthplace and childhood home of George Washington Carver, the inspirational educator, scientist and humanitarian. Educational programs focus on Carvers determination to overcome racial obstacles and pursue a life of service to his fellow man.
    • Hovenweep –  Located in Utah, this park protects six prehistoric, Puebloan-era villages. Your students can learn about dryland farming practices from 750 years ago; a spotting scope allows your students to view multi-storied towers perched on canyon rims and balanced on boulders.
    • Biscayne National ParkJoin Ranger Maria on an underwater ecosystem adventure! Tour the mangrove shoreline, the shallow bay and the northern portion of the third largest coral reef tract in the world.  This program focuses on the Park’s four ecosystems and how they are integral to each other and to us!
    • Black Canyon of the Gunnison – The shows featured Park Rangers from the Park and 10 Gunnison Middle School students exploring the ecosystem, geology and history of the area. The program also featured comparisons from around the world like Petra canyon in Jordan, the Three Gorges in China and even a canyon on Mars.
    • Everglades National Park – Teachers are invited to have their students explore all things scaley and slithery in our online e-field trip.  Students will have the opportunity to view an interactive slide presentation showcasing some of our most intriguing residents.  They’ll even have the chance to e-mail questions to our rangers!
    • Grand Canyon National Park – “Geology of Grand Canyon” and “Life on the Edge” ecology programs are designed to mesh with state standards of learning and are appropriate for 4-7th grade levels. The programs are free and are a great way of introducing your students to this amazing national park and to a variety of scientific studies.