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America the Beautiful Quarters® Day in the Classroom

Mount Hood National Forest

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Beginning in 2010, the United States Mint will 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 Mount Hood National Forest quarter was the fifth of 2010 and the fifth overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

Teachers, below you will find several activities and links that will bring the excitement of Mount Hood National Forest's America the Beautiful Quarters Day into your classroom.

Mount Hood National Forest Quarter

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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

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The America the Beautiful Quarters Program lesson plans are now available for you to use in your classroom! Check out these exciting plans, which 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 our plans relating to the Oregon State Quarter released in 2005 by visiting our 50 State Quarters® lesson plans!

America the Beautiful Quarters Day Classroom Activities

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

Connected Coins

Oregon Quarter reverse.

Mount Hood National Forest is not the only famous national site located in Oregon. The 2005 Oregon state quarter features Crater Lake National Park, home to the deepest lake in the United States. In 2008, the Arizona quarter was released. It featured not only the Grand Canyon, but a saguaro cactus as well. To learn more, visit the Oregon State Quarter page and Oregon’s State Quarter Day In the Classroom page.

2005 Ocean in View Nickel reverse.

The vision of Mount Hood by Lewis and Clark in 1805 served as proof that they were near the ocean, the goal of their expedition. To learn more about the Westward Journey of Lewis and Clark, visit the Westward Journey Nickel Series page, and the related lesson plans.

Teachers' Network

Teachers, if the activities above have piqued your interest, please sign up for the Teachers' Network! As a member, you can receive information about ALL of the educational resources available from the United States Mint.