Objective: To use these studies: science, art, math, social studies, English, economics and community service, to help students learn how national parks are created, operate and benefit society
- Using national park sites on the Internet (See Social studies.), compile a data bank of materials on what goes into a national park. Have sections for: wildlife, camping, water and land forms, climate, minerals, etc. Add materials from presidential libraries.
- To scale, create a new national park for your state. It must include: an interpretation center, a map, rules and magazine and radio advertisements to encourage visitors.
- Have students create educational materials on all phases of the park from the fish to the birds. This includes skeletons, foods and habitat.
- Design the rangers' uniforms.
- Contact local elected officials and find out: how state parks are funded and how much is required to support a park. Then set user fees. Decide the rangers' pay and benefits, such as health and life insurance, days off, in-service days and sick days.
- Interview citizens who have toured national and state parks for input. Record their remarks and create a rubric to help make the final product.
- Have students create an educational unit teachers can use to help students learn about the new park.
- Bring in a local ranger or official to judge the various parks. Place students' work on display in the community. Displays must include: a guide, three- or four- by- six foot scale overview and artist's depictions of more important elements.
- Finally, have students create a miniature golf course that highlights the nine most significant symbols of their park. The course must be on two hectares and include: a club house, parking and an explanation/research for each hole. Students should create a three-dimensional map of the most significant hole.