Minnesota’s National Park Legacy: Educational Film and Teacher Resource Guide

Quick Link to the DVD Companion Resource Guide for Educators (PDF)

Teaching about the National Park Service in Minnesota

Voyageurs National Park Association has produced 3,000 copies of the Minnesota’s National Park Legacy film to distribute to libraries and schools throughout Minnesota. We hope that this educational resource will help to inform young people and community members about the natural beauty that lies just outside their back door.

National Parks intertwine history and environment with a hands-on learning approach that gives students an educational experience they will never forget. On-site field trips offer curriculum-based instruction with trained Park rangers and naturalists. Students engage in the diverse educational themes unique to each Park in pristine or urban environments with historic context.

Aside from site visits, there are many resources available for educators to build National Park lesson plans. The websites on page 5 of the DVD Companion Resource Guide for Educators have downloadable activities, but one of the most helpful resources is Park interpretive staff. Contact individuals at each Park site to learn more about the free tools available for educational use.

Request DVD copies of this film for use in your classroom! Contact Christina Hausman at (612) 333-5424 or vnpa@voyageurs.org.

Click here to download the free Companion Resource Guide for Educators, with references to online materials and program information available for educational use.

About the Film

Minnesota is home to a treasure of National Park System (NPS) sites — all of them are “crown jewels” of unique cultural, historic, and natural significance that merit national status.

Together, they represent a wide variety of cultures and landscapes, from the scenic waterways of the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers, to the historic sites steeped in American Indian history at Grand Portage and Pipestone, to the vast waters of Voyageurs.

With the North Country Trail weaving across the state, there is a National Park “right outside our front door” just about everywhere you go. There is also an National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program that helps local communities complete conservation projects and build trails.

Minnesota’s National Parks provide spaces for youth and adults to explore, learn, and grow in our nation’s greatest outdoor classrooms. Their boundaries define critical habitat for diverse native species that characterize the Minnesotan outdoor experience: tall pines, howling wolves, freshwater fish, and open prairies. In return, the parks’ dynamic futures depend on citizen stewardship through visitation, volunteerism, and active engagement.

This is Minnesota’s National Park Legacy — it is a network of histories that continue to shape our future, a vast playground for generations of today and tomorrow, a promise upheld by the American community to preserve precious resources shared and cared for by all of us.

Thanks To Our Sponsors!

Minnesota’s National Park Legacy is a Co-Production of:

  •  Twin Cities Public Television’s Minnesota Channel
  • Grand Portage National Monument
  • Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
  • North Country National Scenic Trail
  • Pipestone National Monument
  • Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program
  • St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
  • Voyageurs National Park

Major Supporters: Film Production, Promotion, and Distribution

  • Northeast Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnership of the University of Minnesota
  • Mississippi River Fund
  • St. Croix Valley Foundation
  • Voyageurs National Park Association
  • Donald Weesner Foundation

Additional Supporters: Film Production, Promotion, and Distribution

  • Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
  • Friends of the Casey Jones Trail Association
  • Friends of the Mississippi River
  • Friends of Pipestone National Monument
  • St. Croix River Association

Film Premiere Event Locations:

  • Backus Community Center Auditorium, International Falls
  • Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities