Step 1: Choose a National Park
You'll begin by choosing one of the National Parks from the options listed below. Click on the pictures to view links to each park. These will help you decide which park you'd like to work on as well as provide you with an excellent starting place for your research. These links are provided as a starting point. You are encouraged to seek further resources.
Glacier Bay National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Everglades National Park
Grand Canyon National Park
Step2: Collect Data & Create a PowerPoint
Continue your research paying special attention to the carnivores, herbivores, omnivores, and consumers within the ecosystem. These facts will be crucial as you will be creating a food web that includes as many of the indigenous animals as possible. Click here to download a research fact sheet. You will also be required to provide a thorough description of your ecosystem's location, landscape, and climate. All the data you collect will be compiled into a PowerPoint presentation. Click here to view a list of required slides. While you are creating your PowerPoint, keep in mind that you will be referring to your slides while filming your video.
Use the links below to help you in your research. They are provided to assist you but are not the only sites you can use. You are encouraged to explore other reliable sources!
Step 3: Record a Video
The final step is an opportunity to show off what you've learned and how it relates to real life situations. Create a 3-5 minute video meant to address an imaginary company with plans that threaten the national park's ecosystem. Describe the research you have done and what you have learned about your national park and the ecosystem within it. Refer to your PowerPoint presentation as your dialogue progresses. After you describe what you've learned about the balance within your specific ecosystem you must convince the imaginary company why it is important not to disturb the land you have researched. Be sure to include one example of the possible outcomes should one of the organisms in your food web disappear.