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Contact: Charles Beall, 360-854-7302
What: A free Electronic Field Trip to North Cascades National Park to explore climate change and its effects on people and ecosystems
Who: Students 4th through 8th grade
When: October 13, 2010
7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. PDT (10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EDT)
How: Register for free at http://www.northcascadeseft.org
Watch the broadcast as it is streamed over the internet or broadcast on participating public television stations and internal school satellite networks
Lesson plans for teachers and web-based games for students are available now
North Cascades National Park and the National Park Foundation invite schools across the country to take a free Electronic Field Trip to North Cascades National Park on October 13, 2010. “National parks are fun places, and they make great classrooms,” said Chip Jenkins, North Cascades National Park Superintendent. “You can learn about the foundations of democracy at Independence National Historical Park, about the struggle to preserve the nation at Gettysburg National Military Park, about geological forces that shape the earth at Grand Canyon National Park, and you can learn about the effect of climate change on people and ecosystems through this Electronic Field Trip to North Cascades National Park.”
The Electronic Field Trip, “Climate Challenge: North Cascades National Park,” will include two live, hour-long broadcasts (7:00 a.m. PDT and 10:00 p.m. PDT) from North Cascades National Park featuring park rangers, scientists, kids, and spectacular scenery. Students will have the opportunity to call in and have their questions answered during the broadcast.
The field trip can be streamed from http://www.northcascadeseft.com, as well as viewed on participating public television stations and internal school satellite networks (a listing of which will be shared with registered participants one week before the broadcast). The free program is designed for 4th through 8th grade students and it will be the first in a series of investigative Electronic Field Trips to explore the impact climate change is having on our national parks and encourage students to become leaders in addressing climate change.
Teachers and students are encouraged to visit http://www.northcascadeseft.com now to access lesson plans and web-based games to get a jump start on their interactive adventure to North Cascades National Park.
According to a recent study released by the Environmental Protection Agency that followed trends relative to sea level rise along U.S. Coasts between 1958 and 2008, climate change is expected to affect virtually every sector of society, including water resources, energy use, food production, commerce and recreation. Using North Cascades National Park as a backdrop, this Electronic Field Trip will educate tomorrow’s leaders about the effects of climate change and explore with them ways climate change can be addressed. Home to 9,000 foot tall mountains and over one-third of the remaining glaciers in the lower 48 United States, North Cascades National Park is an excellent location to explore the effects of climate change. Its northerly location and high altitude terrain make prime territory to teach about some of the earliest tangible impacts of climate change evidenced in glacier melt and species distribution.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION
Chartered by Congress, the National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks. It works hand in hand with the National Park Service to help connect all Americans to the parks, and to make sure that they are preserved for the generations who will follow. Visit them at http://www.nationalparks.org.
North Cascades National Park Glacier Monitoring Program:
Do Your Part! For Climate Friendly Parks:
North Cascades Institute’s Cascades Climate Challenge Program: