for the Future
of Your National Parks
NPS Photos from left to right: Tour bus at Denali National Park,
a national park researcher,
two bicyclists enjoy the beauty of Denali.
The National Park Service
was created to care for parks "to conserve the scenery and
the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to
provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such
means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future
These planning units
provide students with an opportunity to look at real-life planning
issues in Alaska national parks. Students will read the planning
documents and examine the issue from all sides, asking the questions:
Why do we need a plan for the future use of our parks and preserves?
What are essential resources that need protection in our parks and
preserves? How do park managers balance different perspectives pertaining
to the future plans? Students will take on the sometimes difficult
process of making a decision while balancing the opinions of many
different interest groups and at the same time keep the protection
of the park's resources in the forefront of their decision.
Planning WebQuest - Students
will learn about two proposals under review at Denali National
Park and Preserve. One proposal would build a new road or railroad
from the northeast corner of the park out to Wonder Lake. The
second proposal would build new visitor facilities outside of
the park to the south where views of Mt. McKinley are spectacular.