PRIMENet related education and interpretive activities



The Water Cycle
Air Quality
Acid Rain: Explanation and Cartoon



Fifth-grade classes (about 200 students per year) participate in a Canyonlands field trip and class room activities. The field trip and lessons have been developed to meet state of Utah academic standards for natural resources. The activity starts with an in-class session where air is presented as a renewable resource and students are taught that Congress has mandated that CANY monitor this resource. The kids then go on a field trip that has multiple stations. At one, students get to do experiments with IMPROVE and PRIMENet monitoring equipment to learn about haze and visibility issues. At another, they learn how trees act as nature’s dust mops, removing particulate matter from air. At another, they learn about ground levell and atmospheric ozone monitoring –

For complete details visit Southeast Utah Parks and Monuments - Canyon Country Outdoor Education


Denali's education program is designed for high school students but may be adapted for younger student groups. The audience for this particular program is a high school chemistry class, so the presentation is geared towards the chemical reactions that take place in the ozone layer. There are a few questions at the end of the presentation that facilitate understanding of the material by the group. The air quality expert from the park also presents an overview of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). The class walks up to the Air Quality site after the presentation and we give them a tour of the site and instruments. They are invited up on the Brewer platform to observe the movement of the Brewer tracking the sun and to perform a sun sighting test.

Education event schedule (takes about 1 ½ hours total):

45 minutes: Powerpoint presentation on Ozone and UV-B and how it relates to chemistry. Click here to view presentation
15 minutes: Walk up to Air Quality Site
30 minuties: Tour of site. Introduction to the Brewer. Do sun sighting. Invite students up on the Brewer platform and look in window to observe the instrument tracking the sun.



Sugarlands Visitor Center has an exhibit that displays current air quality and meteorological information continuously monitored at the Look Rock air quality station in the park. The park also provides NOAA brochures on UV.




Hurricane Ridge rangers take visitors on nature walks that lead from low elevations to subalpine. Rangers carry hand-held UV meters and visitors get to see first-hand the change in UV concentrations at different elevations. Rangers then discuss the effects of UV on park resources.

A local school group designed a website that explains their scientific endeavors in UV monitoring in conjunction with the park.

Visitor’s center sells wide brimmed hats sporting the park’s logo that are marketed as UV protection and used to promote UV awareness. Signage explains how to protect skin from UV exposure.


Rocky Mountain NP air quality



Sequoia-Kings Canyon NP air quality



Other Educational Links

GEMS: Geographic Education Magazine for Science
(use"ezine" as password and user name) has some great resources for teachers and students. Check out "Measuring the pH of Rainwater" at: