Films for IMAX and giant-screen theatres are designed to educate and enlighten as much as they are to entertain. They present new knowledge in a powerful, popular medium and inspire thoughtful, lively classroom discussion. Take your students on a field trip to see National Parks Adventure, then use the activities in our Educator Guide to extend the learning experience into your classroom  Book your field trip today by contacting your local IMAX theatre for information about special group programs.

  • The film provides teachers with an amazing resource to bring the national parks to life, then go back to our classrooms and use it as a jumping off point for students to continue their learning.

    Jamie Jameson3rd grade teacher

One of the goals of National Parks Adventure is to get children excited about nature and inspire them to visit the parks more often. Filmmaker Greg MacGillivray and classroom teachers explain how the film can be an amazing learning tool.


Created by Science Museum of Minnesota in partnership with MacGillivray Freeman Films, our Educator Guide is appropriate for students in grades K–8 and most useful when used as a companion to the film, but also valuable as a resource on its own. This guide focuses on the natural sciences highlighted by the film, but educators will find that National Parks Adventure features many other subjects as well—geography, history, and language arts all have strong tie-ins with the film.

Activities developed for this guide support Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Teachers are strongly encouraged to adapt activities included in this guide to support specific state or national standards and the needs of their students.


Want to make your own geyser at home? Create a paper boat that actually floats? Reflect on nature like John Muir? This printable map for filmgoers and fans of National Parks is packed with fun facts about the parks visited in the film, and also includes amazing activities to extend your adventure.

  • One day’s exposure to mountains is better than a cartload of books.

    John Muirpoet & conservationist