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From the desert to the mountains, California State Parks takes an active role in science investigations that help conserve our resources. Your students will have the opportunity to learn about the scientific method, and the data behind some of the most interesting science investigations currently taking place in California State Parks.

We’ll culminate the unit with a live videoconference from one of the parks where scientists are actively studying ecosystems.

Students will know the steps of the scientific method.
Students will create a graph with data relating to a science experiment taking place in California State Parks.
Students will interact with park scientists and other staff to experience the practical application of science and experiments being conducted in California State parks.

Grade Level/Topic
6th Grade Science

Primary Common Core Content Standards:
6th Grade: SL-6.1, RST-6-8.3, RST-6-8.4

Primary Next Generation Science Standards:
6th Grade: MS-LS1-4, MS-LS1-5, MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-4, MS-ESS3-3
High School: HS-LS2-1, HS-LS2-2, HS-LS2-8, HS-LS4-5

Time Required
Two in-class lessons (45-50 minutes each)
One videoconference (45-50 minutes)

Research Topics

We will be live in California State Parks to deliver our videoconference programs.  There will be three topics discussed throughout the spring.  Click on the link for web content and information.

Swainson's Hawks Migration in Borrego Valley

Big Horn Sheep in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park and The 2003 Cedar Fire