For the more information about natural sounds and night skies in the National Park Service, please visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/sound_night/.
The Interpretive Handbook (pdf 2MB) will help you get started on teaching soundscapes! This page describes how the Natural Sounds Program is working to teach youth about soundscapes and provides a variety of soundcape activities that teachers can use to educate students of all ages. For introductory materials on the Natural Sounds Program, please visit our Useful Resources page.
Example Soundscape Activities
Click on an activity below for instructions.
- American Indian Music
- Create a Windsock
- Create your own soundscape
- Communicating in the Wild (Click here to download sound clips needed for this activity)
- Guess That Sound Game (developed for 2011 BioBlitz at Saguaro National Park)
- Layering Sounds
- Silent Hike/Silent Sit
- Sound Apprecation
- Sound Bingo (Click here to download excel file and modify Bingo card)
- Stalking Prey
Developed in collaboration with Global Explorers, this curriculum includes Arizona science standards.
Soundscape Interpretive Programs Used at Parks
Click on an interpretive program below for instructions.
- Capital Reef's Voice (Click here to download sound clips)
- The Dark Side of Shenandoah
- Voice of the Desert
- Listening to Muir Woods
- Podcast on Ptarmigan (Right click here to Save File)
- Podcast from "Yosemite Voices" on Soundscapes (Right click here to Save File)
- Podcast from Grand Canyon Sound Academy (Right click here to Save File)
Teaching Youth through Educational Travel
Through a partnership with No Barriers Youth, the National Park Service Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division is educating a diverse group of youth and educators nationwide in the management and understanding of soundscapes. Through educational activities conducted in classrooms and on expeditions around the world, they inspire an appreciation of natural and cultural resources, a connection to the natural world, and a commitment to environmental stewardship.
Students have traveled on expeditions to Grand Canyon National Park, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, and the Peruvian Amazon. Each expedition includes sound-related activitIes and experiments aimed at increasing knowledge and understanding of the importance of sound and the acoustical environment in national parks and their everyday lives.
This partnership was awarded the 2012 Partners in Conservation Award by the U.S. Department of the Interior for outstanding achievements in youth stewardship and engagement.
Last Updated: October 14, 2015