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America the Beautiful Quarters® Day
in the Classroom

Great Basin National Park

Image shows the Great Basin 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 Great Basin National Park quarter is the third of 2013 and the 18th overall in the program.

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

Great Basin 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 available in sets designed specifically for grades K and 1, 2 and 3, 4 through 6, 7 and 8 and 9 through 12. 

Also, be sure to check out the lesson plans relating to the Nevada state quarter released in 2006 by visiting the 2006 Quarters Lesson Plans page

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 Nevada quarter.

In 2006, the United States Mint released the Nevada quarter as part of the 50 State Quarters® Program. Wild mustangs are the main subject of the Nevada quarter design. The horses are protected by law and protected by the federal government. Since the land can't feed too many horses, some horses are rounded up every year and adopted.

To learn more, visit Nevada's quarter page and the February 2006 Coin of the Month page featuring the Nevada quarter.


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.