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At least 5,000 teachers have registered their classes for Bryce Canyon electronic field trip

May 14, 2010 | 11:25 am

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Imagine taking a field trip without having to make the journey.

At least 5,000 teachers worldwide have, registering their classrooms for the upcoming electronic field trip to Utah's Bryce Canyon National Park, taking place Tuesday, May 18. More than 100,000 students will be in those classrooms, participating in activities led by park rangers and calling in to have questions answered live on air.

The free program, Discovering the Mysteries of Bryce Canyon National Park, will include two live, hourlong broadcasts at 7 and 10 a.m. from Bryce Canyon National Park that will be available on participating public television stations as well as online (which also features interactive lesson plans and games).

The program is designed for students in 4th through 8th grades and is being made possible by the National Park Service, National Park Foundation, George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation and the Bryce Canyon Natural History Assn.

"The response from teachers and educators nationwide to the Bryce Canyon Electronic Field Trip has been fantastic, and there’s still time to register," said Neil Mulholland, president and CEO of the National Park Foundation. "We believe that these field trips are a win-win, as they help connect kids to parks, and help teachers provide rich learning experiences for their students free of charge."

The foundation also announced that 17 students from elementary, middle and high schools surrounding Bryce Canyon National Park have been selected to host the show with park rangers.

To date, teachers from schools in 46 states and Japan, Canada, Germany, Cuba, Italy and Switzerland have signed up to participate in the program. Educators wishing to join in can register via the Bryce Canyon EFT website.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Sunset Point view of Thor's Hammer in the late afternoon at Bryce Canyon National Park. Credit: Ray Mathis / NPS

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