History & Social Studies

EXPLORING SW WASHINGTON’S NATURAL AREAS: Natural & Human History - Driving Course

Course No. SS417f

In this diversified driving tour experience, you’ll make your way to at least 30 natural sites in SW Washington (from Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens to the Washington Coast, Vancouver, and the Columbia Gorge), where you’ll discover the natural history of this area. You will learn about the region’s past, present, and future potential. You will also learn much about the natural fauna and flora of the region as you explore city parks, forested trails, volcanic areas, and alpine regions. Along the way, you’ll develop dozens of ideas for bringing the study of SW Washington’s Natural Areas to your students. 

This course is appropriate for teachers K-12. 
The instructor will provide the course manual after registration. 

We advise you to review and download the course syllabus before registering. Syllabus

1.     Learned  about the natural geologic history of the Washington Cascades,
        as you explore areas adjacent to Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier

2.     Learned about the flora and fauna that are native to the region, as you explore
        natural sites, forested trails, volcanic areas, and alpine regions.

3.     Learned about the National Park and National Monument System and
        the recreational opportunities provided here.

4.     Learned about Washington’s State Park system and the educational
        opportunities available in state parks.

5.     Developed ways to implement this information with students, through
        classroom, distance and field trip lesson planning.

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