National Parks Adventure - DuPage Children's Museum | Film Field Trips

Transportation Zoo | Saturday, July 20, 9–1

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National Parks Adventure

Narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation’s awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness. Immersive IMAX® 3D cinematography takes viewers soaring over red rock canyons, up craggy mountain peaks and into other-worldly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor playgrounds. Educators will find that many of the film’s subject matter aligns well with NGSS standards and key curriculum topics for grades K to 8, including: social studies, life science, earth science, geology, and language arts.    


Join world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe and artist Rachel Pohl as they hike, climb and explore their way across America’s majestic parks – including Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, and Arches – in an action-packed celebration that will inspire the adventurer in us all, and highlight how important it is that we protect these treasured landscapes.


A MacGillivray Freeman film, “National Parks Adventure” is produced in association with Brand USA and presented globally by Expedia, Inc. and Subaru of America, Inc.  REI is the domestic sponsor of the film. Major support was provided by the Giant Dome Theater Consortium. “National Parks Adventure” is directed by Greg MacGillivray and produced by Shaun MacGillivray. Filmed with 15perf / 65mm IMAX 3D® cameras, “National Parks Adventure” is written by Stephen Judson and Tim Cahill with a musical score by Steve Wood.

Educational Activities that Engage


National Parks Adventure Educator Guide includes two NGSS-aligned hands-on activities to extend learning and create opportunities to explore fossils, the formation of sedimentary rocks, and the law of superposition. Each activity outlines a specific challenge, lists materials required, provides preparation guidelines, detailed instructions, discussion questions, activity variations, relevant terminology, and extended reading list. 


DCM Recommends:

Layers Over Time | grades 3–5 | NGSS alignment: 4-ESS1-1 

Students will identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.

Explore stratigraphy, geology, and relative dating.


Summertime Shade | grades K–2 | NGSS alignment: K-PS3-2; K-2-ETS1-2

Students will use tools and materials to design and build shade structures to keep people cool and protect them from the sun.

Explore an engineering design process to understand how form and function impact solutions to a given problem.

Extend the Learning

Add a STEM with DCM Lab

Educators can extend learning and promote critical thinking through hands-on discovery by booking STEM with DCM Labs facilitated by Museum educators – providing academic enrichment that is fun for students and easy for teachers. 

Create a Creature with unique characteristics using knowledge of animal adaptations to imagine, design, and create! Students are empowered to drive their own learning – by observing, investigating, making, and experimenting their way through engaging natural science challenges. Learn More. 

Book A Virtual Film Field Trip Today!

Virtual Film Field Trip includes:


  • One, 40 Minute MacGillivray Freeman film (made for IMAX® and giant screen theatres)
  • Educator Guides with resources to guide content, discussion, and activities 
  • Detailed lesson plans for hands-on activities  
  • Each activity is 20–40 minutes
  • Experiences that equate to more than a week’s worth of science education!

Cost: $165 per classroom
(up to 30 students)


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