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America the Beautiful Quarters® Day
in the Classroom

Shenandoah National Park

Image shows the Shenandoah 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 Shenandoah National Park quarter is the second of 2014 and the 22nd overall in the program. 

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

Shenandoah 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 lesson plans relating to the Virginia state quarter and Jamestown, our nation's oldest colony.  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 Virginia quarter.

In 2000, the United States Mint introduced Virginia as part of the 50 State Quarters® Program.  The Virginia quarter honors our nation's oldest colony, Jamestown, Virginia.  The three ships on the coin–Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery–brought the first English colonists here in the spring of 1607. 

Loaded with cargo and 104 boys and men, the ships set sail from London on December 20, 1606.  Nearly five months later, they landed on a small island along the James River.  The crew formed the first permanent colony in the New World, 13 years before Plymouth, Massachusetts, was settled.  They named it Jamestown in honor of King James I, who had chartered their voyage. 

To learn more, visit Virginia's quarter page and the 2007 Jamestown Commemorative Coin page.  Also, be sure to invite your students to play the Jamestown Challenge game where they can “sail” to the New World using their knowledge of the first permanent English settlement. 

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.