Some eighth graders at Hyattsville Middle School are taking a journey all the way to the Grand Canyon without even leaving the classroom.
Their teachers today are Amala Posey and Andy Pearce, rangers at Grand Canyon National Park.
"When somebody asked me about the Grand Canyon, before I would say, 'That big place with the river going through it.' But now I know that there's over five layers of rocks and that the river going through it is the Colorado River," said Jonathan Palmer.
Social studies teacher Adrian Burney is using a portal just launched by the National Park Service. It is a virtual visit to any national park.
National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis says: "We protect these places, but our job is to deliver that place to the American public. For our first century, we delivered it when you came to see us."
That is changing thanks to the new website. You can visit it at http://www.nps.gov/teachers/index.htm.
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