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Integrated Lesson: Students learn how national parks are created, operate and benefit society

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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Have students create educational materials on all phases of the park from the fish to the birds. This includes skeletons, foods and habitat.
  4. Design the rangers' uniforms.
  5. 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.
  6. Interview citizens who have toured national and state parks for input. Record their remarks and create a rubric to help make the final product.
  7. Have students create an educational unit teachers can use to help students learn about the new park.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.