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America the Beautiful Quarters® Day
in the Classroom

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Image shows the Great Sand Dunes 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 Sand Dunes National Park quarter is the fourth of 2014 and the 24th overall in the program.

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

Great Sand Dunes 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 Colorado 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 Colorado quarter.

In 2006, the United States Mint introduced Colorado as part of the 50 State Quarters® Program.  The state’s name is from the Spanish word for "colored red," referring to the reddish mud in the Colorado River (one of the many colors of "Colorful Colorado").  Above the "Colorful Colorado" banner on the coin, the rugged Rocky Mountains–which cross through Colorado–are shown.  One of these mountains is Grand Mesa, the largest flat-top mountain in the world.  On this 10,000-foot-high mesa you can find more than 200 lakes and many miles of hiking trails.

To learn more, visit Colorado’s quarter page and the 2006 Colorado Quarter Coin of the Month page.


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.