Click here to learn more and apply for an environmental education internship at Homestead National Monument of America!
This project will include developing curriculum based activities that introduce the participants to the diversity of the natural resources at Homestead National Monument of America. Homestead is located on the site of the very first homestead claim in the United States. After the claim became a national monument in the late 1930s, the crop fields were restored to tallgrass prairie to give visitors a glimpse of the natural resources the first homesteaders saw when they arrived in the area. Today the monument has over 100 acres of restored prairie and 60 acres of riparian woodland that are home to at least 41 species of mammals, 60 species of breeding birds (and numerous other species who use the area as a stopover on their migration), 7 amphibian species, 13 reptile species, and numerous species of insects. Homestead National Monument of America has a very active education program to share the impacts of the 1862 Homestead Act. During the 2014 fiscal year, 772 programs were delivered reaching over 10,000 students. Currently we offer 17 different programs onsite, 3 offsite, and 4 through distance learning. Of those 17 programs, 5 of them are part of our Kids in Parks series. The Kids in Parks series specifically allows the students to do hands on investigations to learn about the biodiversity of the monument. Programs specifically cover the diversity of plants, mammals, insects, macroinvertebrates, and birds. Those programs, while they have been presented for many years, have not been added to our curriculum guide. Currently the curriculum guide is given to teachers on a flash drive. The units that are created will be added to those drives and made available on our website. The Mosaics in Science Program is run in partnership with the National Park Service and the Geological Society of America.