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America the Beautiful Quarters®
Day in the Classroom

Arches National Park

Image shows the Arches 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 Arches National Park quarter is the third of 2014 and the 23rd overall in the program. 

Teachers, below you will find several activities and links that will bring the excitement of Arches National Park Quarter Day into your classroom.

Arches 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 designed specifically for grades K through 12. 

Be sure to check out the K-6 lesson plans relating to the Utah state quarter.  Use the consolidated search feature to find these plans and more.

America the Beautiful Quarters Day Classroom Activities

Find fun ways to infuse your curriculum with activities that celebrate the arrival of each new quarter.


Connected Coins

Image shows the Utah quarter.

In 2007, the United States Mint introduced Utah as part of the 50 State Quarters® Program.  The Utah quarter features two trains facing the golden spike that joined the tracks of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads in 1869 at Promontory, Utah.  The state’s population grew quickly after the railroad was built and the mining industry blossomed.  Technological changes like the railroad soon caused industry to replace farming as the base of Utah’s economy.

The newly-laid track made it possible for people to cross the continent of North America by rail.  This was the easiest and cheapest way to travel in the days before cars and airplanes.  Linking East to West by train changed both the Utah Territory and the rest of the nation forever, and earned Utah the title "Crossroads of the West."

To learn more, visit Utah’s quarter page and the 2007 Utah Quarter Coin of the Month page.  Also, invite your students to learn more about the 1915 Panama-Pacific Octagonal 50-Dollar Coin and have them make a "Canal Connection" with a Teacher Feature that celebrates another historical linking of East and West; the completion of the Panama Canal.


Teachers’ Network

Teachers, if the activities above have piqued your interest, be sure to join the United States Mint’s Teachers’ Network.  As a member, you will receive information about all of the new educational resources available from the United States Mint.