History Camp: National Park Adventure

Prepare for adventure! Put on your virtual hiking boots, find your binoculars, and bring plenty of drinking water. You are about to discover some of America’s greatest treasures in a trek through its national parks. You’re headed to six historical and natural parks to sample what the US has to offer. Connect live with rangers at the sites and learn more about your own courage, impact, responsibility, legacy, resilience, and vision along the way.

Each week, students will “visit” a different National Park Service site from historic sites to natural parks. They will get to learn about the history of the land, why it was designated as a park site, and what it would be like to visit today. Dale Hoggatt, the Master Teacher for this program, will be joined by a park ranger from each site every week as a special guest. Like past History Camps, students will have a hands-on challenge every week that might include a craft, writing a reflection, or other activity.

Key Information

  • The course begins on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.
  • Classes will occur once a week for six weeks. There will not be a class on Thursday, July 26.
  • Classes will begin at 4:00 p.m. ET/ 1:00 p.m. PT.
  • Weekly classes are 60 minutes in length on Zoom. These sessions will incorporate a combination of lectures, activities conducted on the Zoom chat, polls, Q&As, and discussions.

Intended Audience

This course is for upper elementary school students (grades 3–5). Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend the course but are asked not to participate in polls or submit discussion questions so that we may prioritize student learning.

Schedule and Registration

Registration is for the full 6-session course. Students must have a Gilder Lehrman account to register for a History School course. Log in or create a free account here.

Once registered, students will be enrolled in the Gilder Lehrman Online Learning Community and have access to course content and materials.

Week 1

Tuesday, July 5, 4:00–5:00 p.m. ET

Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum - Impact: Impact of Violence and Reacting to Challenge

Week 2

Tuesday, July 12, 4:00–5:00 p.m. ET

Denali National Park and Preserve - Responsibility: Nature Meets Humanity, Pioneering in a Frontier

Week 3

Tuesday, July 19, 4:00–5:00 p.m. ET

Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site - Resilience: Land as Resource Ownership

Week 4

Tuesday, August 2, 4:00–5:00 p.m. ET

Mammoth Cave National Park - Courage: Navigating Tight Spots, Making Connections

Week 5

Tuesday, August 9, 4:00–5:00 p.m. ET

George Washington Carver National Monument - Legacy: Humility to Inspire Creativity with Purpose

Week 6

Tuesday, August 16, 4:00–5:00 p.m. ET

Gateway Arch National Park - Vision: Manifest Destiny Seeking Improvement

Meet Your Teacher

Dale Hoggatt has been a teacher in America’s public schools for thirty-two years. He taught in Oklahoma City during the terrorist bombing of 1995 and in Joplin, Missouri, during the EF5 tornado and recovery of 2011. He is a recognized, award-winning educator. Most recently he was named the 2021 Missouri History Teacher of the Year and became a Master Teacher with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Certificate of Completion

Students who attend 5 out of 6 classes can get a certificate from the Gilder Lehrman Institute confirming their participation in this History School course.

Please email historyschool@gilderlehrman.org if you have any questions.