Coming soon to a classroom near you: Gulf Islands National Seashore.
Thanks to the National Park Foundation, the national seashore will be a backdrop for an "electronic fieldtrip" open to classrooms across the country. The webcast, scheduled for March 1, is designed to teach students "about the science of understanding human and natural change in an ecosystem."
Teachers and their students can see "firsthand how science is used to monitor and manage human and natural change in an ecosystem through an innovative new Electronic Field Trip," the foundation said in a release. "As part of the program, the National Park Foundation has created an interactive online web resource for students and educators to get a jump start on their interactive adventure to Gulf Islands National Seashore, featuring interactive games, lesson plans and more."
Teachers across the country can register for the program for free at this site to see Sea Change: Gulf Island National Seashore. There will be two live, hour-long broadcasts (10 a.m. EDT and 1 p.m. EDT) from the national seashore made available through this website as well as on participating public television stations.
The program is designed for students in grades 4 through 8. The Gulf Islands program is the second in a series of Electronic Field Trips produced by the National Park Foundation to discover the lessons that science being done in national parks can provide to students in classrooms.
Previous EFTs have educated millions of students across the United States and around the world on historical events, climate change, biodiversity and more. For more information about the National Park Foundation’s EFT program and a full catalog of all previous EFTs, visit this site.