Economic Use of Public Natural Areas. How many natural resources
are needed to support your lifestyle? What is the impact of the
economic use of natural areas on the environment? Examine the issues
and form your own opinion on the debate between preservation and
utilization. Grades 9-12
Fires and Fire Suppression. Can forest fires be beneficial
to the environement? Examine the debate surrounding the Forest Service's
new methods of fire management. Grades 6-8
Rising Waters and You. Examine how floods are created and
observe the damage they can cause to the landscape and human structures.
Flowers and Plants. Study the process of heredity and how
flowering plants pass their traits from one generation to the next.
Also, examine how agricultural practicies and the growing use of
GMO's impact the natural diversity of species. Grades 7-10
Primary and Secondary Succession in America's Forests. Learn
about the characteristics and organisms of our forests and see how
forests change over time. Grades 9-12.
Relative Dating - Telling Time Using Fossils. Create a fossil
range chart to learn about relative dating of fossils and see how
geologists use them to determine the relative age of a rock or fossil.
Co-evolution of Plants and Pollinators. Learn how insects
and plants have developed over time to help one-another survive
and multiply. Grades 9-12.
A Solid Waste Management Plan. How does our garbage affect
the environment? How can recycling and other waste management strategies
be used to clean up our landfills? Grades 6-8
Mammals and their Ways. Habitats, biomes, mammal adaptation
and behavior. Grades 9-12
Ecotourism in National Parks and Wilderness - Help find new,
non-destructive ways to utilize the resources of our wilderness
areas. Research opportunities for ecotourism and design a brochure
to attract new tourists to your area. Grades 6-9
Native Species Restoration and its Impact on Local Populations.
What are the factors controlling the growth and decline of species
populations. How do human efforts at reintroduction affect an ecosystem?
English Ivy - Pretty Houseplant or Deadly Killer? Examine
the biodiversity of an ecosystem and discover how non-native plants
and animals can take over an area, pushing out native species. Grades
The Intertidal Zone. Study the many diverse creatures that
live in the dynamic zone between beach and ocean and learn how they
have adapted to survive in their environment. Grades 7-9
The Formation and Value of Temperate Grasslands. Learn more
about the climate and organisms of the North American prairie. Grades
The Story of a Rock. Even the simplest rocks can have great
stories to tell. Students use their creative writing skills to better
understand and explain the changes a rock undergoes as it passes
through the rock cycle. Grades 7-9
Threatened Species and Public Policy. Learn about the Endangered
Species Act and its impact on both the natural environment and people.
Simple Thermodynamics of Transportation. Learn about the
science behind what makes things go and build your own steam engine.
The Dam Removal Debate on the Elwha River. Learn about the
debate surrounding the issue of salmon protection and dam removal
and participate in a mock council meeting to decide the future of
the Elwha River. Grades 6-9
Volcanoes - How Safe Are They? Learn about some of the most
dangerous volcanoes on Earth. Plot their location, research different
volcanic hazards and assess the risks presented by volcanoes. Grades