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Cameron Pass, part of the Rocky Mountains in the U.S. state of Colorado, is part of the Great Divide. The Great Divide separates water that flows west into the Pacific Ocean and water that flows north, east, and south into the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico. Although there are other continental divides on the North American continent, the Great Divide is the most prominent. It follows the high peaks of the American and Canadian Rocky Mountains, then follows the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains through Mexico.

Photograph by Ralph Bell, My Shot

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Ice Climbing
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Ice Climbing

Ascending Colorado's Bridal Veil

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: colorado, ice, ice climbing, recreation, sports, waterfalls, wild chronicles
NORAD Tracks Santa
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NORAD Tracks Santa

On December 24, 1955, engineers and navigators at what would be the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) tracked the journey of Santa Claus for the first time.

  • Best for: Grades 2-12 (ages 7-18)
  • Concepts: canada, christmas, navigation, norad, santa claus, traditions, united states
Sand Creek Massacre
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Sand Creek Massacre

On November 29, 1864, a cavalry unit from the U.S. Army attacked a peaceful Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho village in Sand Creek, Colorado.

  • Best for: Grades 5-11 (ages 10-17)
  • Concepts: air resistance, colorado, military, native americans, projectile, sand creek massacre, united states
Cesar Chavez Day
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Cesar Chavez Day

On March 31, 1927, Mexican American labor organizer Cesar Chavez was born in Yuma, Arizona. Today, several states recognize March 31 as Cesar Chavez Day.

  • Best for: Grades 2-12 (ages 7-18)
  • Concepts: agriculture, auroras, civil rights, farmworkers, holidays, labor, latinos, ufw, united states
Colorado Tabletop Map
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Colorado Tabletop Map

Download, print, and assemble a tabletop map of Colorado.

  • Best for: Grades K-5 (ages 5-11)
  • Concepts: colorado, maps, state mapmaker kits
Seized Ivory
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Seized Ivory

Photo of ivory trinkets in a cardboard box.

  • Concepts: illegal trade, ivory, sculptures
Cliff Palace
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Cliff Palace

Ancient Native Americans enjoyed apartment-style living.

  • Best for: Grades 2-10 (ages 7-16)
  • Concepts: architecture, cliff dwellings, four corners, history, human geography, mesa verde, national parks, native americans, pueblos
Colorado
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Colorado

Explore, customize, and download a 1-page black-and-white map of Colorado, United States of America.

  • Concepts: colorado, mapmaker 1-page maps, maps, north america, political maps, united states
Rocky Mountains
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Rocky Mountains

Photo: Wide-angle view of mountain range.

  • Concepts: colorado, photography, rocky mountains, technology
Passenger Pigeon
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Passenger Pigeon

Photo: Two stuffed and mounted birds in a naturalistic display.

  • Concepts: extinction, history, museums, passenger pigeons, taxidermy
Rocky Mountain High
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Rocky Mountain High

Photo of rocky mountain national park

  • Concepts: lakes, national parks, rocky mountain national park, rocky mountains, wilderness
Get Inspired with BioBlitz
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Get Inspired with BioBlitz

National Geographic Education teams up with thousands of school kids to do a 24-hour species inventory of Rocky Mountain National Park.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: bioblitz, citizen science, national parks
A Rocky Mountain BioBlitz
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A Rocky Mountain BioBlitz

BioBlitz 2012 took place in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, and cataloged species from diverse ecosystems.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: adaptation, animals, bioblitz, biodiversity, citizen science, colorado, geostories, mountains, national parks, plants
fire bomber
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fire bomber

Photo: airplane drops fire retardant on forest

  • Concepts: aviation, colorado, firefighters, forest fire, wildfires
Hitting the Trail
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Hitting the Trail

Photo: Man walks on a trail in the mountains.

  • Concepts: backpacking, colorado, explorers, rocky mountains, trails
Tracking an Infestation of Insects
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Tracking an Infestation of Insects

Use an interactive map of Rocky Mountain National Park to track the progression of damage from mountain pine beetles from 2001 to 2011.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: bioblitz, colorado, fieldscope, gis, insects, maps, mountains, national parks
Tracing the Headwaters
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Tracing the Headwaters

Use an interactive map of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado to study the flow of water across a mountainous landscape.

  • Best for: Grades 5-12 (ages 10-18)
  • Concepts: bioblitz, colorado, continental divide, fieldscope, gis, glaciers, maps, mountains, national parks, rivers, watersheds
Titanic Losses
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Titanic Losses

The "Unsinkable Molly Brown" itemizes what, exactly, went down with the ship.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: economics, history, insurance, molly brown, primary sources, titanic
Kobu the Lion
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Kobu the Lion

Learn how a lion fits in at a wild animal sanctuary.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: african lions, exotic pets, sanctuaries, wild chronicles