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    Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park will be closing early May 1, 2014. The visitor center will be closed from 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm and will not be opened for First Thursday evening activities.

Taming a River

Taming a River science lab
Taming a River science lab

During a ranger facilitated visit this curriculum spans time and crosses borders while analyzing how mining operations affect the environment. From fish to plants, water routes to soil composition, mining operations affect all the components that make up a healthy watershed.

In this three part activity:

1. Students will learn about watersheds and their components, various types of mining techniques, and ways to study impacts of mining upon the environment.

2. Learn how to make a scientific inquiry and to interpret its results.

3. In the third part of the lesson students will perform their experiment using the scientific method.

Taming a River lesson PDF download
Developed by Kelsey Johnson

Did You Know?

crowd on First Avenue in downtown Seattle

Seattle's population swelled from 40,000 in 1890 to 240,000 by 1910.