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America the Beautiful Quarters® Day
in the Classroom

Acadia National Park

Image shows the Acadia National Park quarter.

In 2010, the United States Mint began to issue 56 quarter-dollar coins featuring designs depicting national parks and other national sites as part of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program.  The Acadia National Park quarter is the third of 2012 and the thirteenth overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

Teachers, below you will find lesson plans and classroom activities that will bring the excitement of Acadia National Park Quarter Day into your classroom.

Acadia National Park Quarter

Learn more about the quarter that honors this national site.

America the Beautiful Quarters Program

Find out more about this program that honors a national site in every state, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories!

America the Beautiful Quarters Program Lesson Plans

The America the Beautiful Quarters Program lesson plans are now available for you to use in your classroom.  The lesson plans are FREE to download and are designed specifically for grades K and 1, 2 and 3, 4 through 6, 7 and 8, and 9 through 12.  Be sure to also check out the lesson plans relating to the Maine quarter released in 2003 by visiting the 50 State Quarters® lesson plans

America the Beautiful Quarters Day Classroom Activities

With this link, you will find fun ways to infuse your curriculum with activities that celebrate the arrival of each new quarter!

Connected Coins

Image shows the 2003 Maine quarter.

In 2003, the United States Mint released the Maine quarter as part of the 50 State Quarters® Program. The design on the reverse of Maine's quarter features the lighthouse at Pemaquid Point.  Congress paid to have the lighthouse built six years after Maine became a state (1826), and the light still guides ships around the shoals in its bays.  The ship on the quarter looks like the schooner Victory Chimes of the Windjammer Fleet.  Windjammers are sailboats that used to carry cargo and passengers to different ports.  Both windjammers and lighthouses played an important part in Maine's shipping history. To learn more, visit Maine's quarter page and the June 2003 Coin of the Month featuring the Maine quarter.

Teachers' Network

Teachers, if the activities above have piqued your interest, be sure to join the more than 14,000 members of the United States Mint's Teachers' Network  As a member, you will receive information about new educational resources as they become available from the United States Mint.