Exploring National Parks

$157.07

“We are so excited to share our love of National Parks with the Athena’s community. The Junior Ranger motto is, “Explore, Learn, and Protect!” What a fitting complement to Athena’s motto of, “Discover, Be Challenged, Learn.” Hope to see you on our adventures.” ~ Prof. Julie and Lillian the Junior Ranger

Enrollment Options

Available

This course is co-taught by Junior Instructor: Lillian the Junior Ranger

InstructorProf. Julie Johndreau
Content LevelMiddle School - Junior High - Grades 6-8
Course Length8 Weeks
Live Webinars Held OnFridays, 12 PM Pacific – 8/19/22 – 10/15/22

U.S. National Parks have been called America’s best idea. Come learn about what makes these places so special! There are over 400 places to visit within the National Park System. We will share some of our favorites as we explore natural resource topics such as night sky, underwater, and volcanoes. Perhaps you might become inspired to plan your next big adventure!

This course aims to connect students to the nature in their backyards while also broadening their understanding of the science and history of America’s National Parks.

The entire National Parks system covers more than 85 million acres with areas in every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. These areas include national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and the White House!

Note to Parents: 

  • This course aims to connect kids to the nature in their backyards while also broadening their understanding of the science and history of America’s National Parks.
  • During this eight-week course, we will focus on a few key natural resources topics and consider what goes into designating a national park. Students will have an opportunity to share fun facts and more about the places and parks that most interest them.

What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

  • One or two forums or projects.
  • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

  • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.

What to expect during the weekly webinar:

  • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Recorded sessions are available for students with schedule conflicts.
  • Primary instruction and guided discussions are provided during live webinars.
  • Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) in online class discussions.

Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

  • Read at a strong 5th grade level or above.
  • Write a few sentences independently.

Students should be willing to:

  • Actively participate (via the microphone) in the class discussion.
  • Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.
  • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

Parents should know: 

  • Although recorded sessions will be available, students should be able to attend most of the webinars since the courses are discussion-based.

Required books & materials:

  • Weekly readings will be online, no textbook required.