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Free: Geology of Joshua Tree: Erosion and Weathering

from Joshua Tree National Park

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In Geology of Joshua Tree: Weathering and Erosion, the ranger leads an overview of desert landforms and an exploration of erosion - how does natural material move in a desert and what are the results of rain, wind, and plant growth on the rocks and landforms of Joshua Tree National Park? Prior to the program students will need to gather common household supplies to do a short activity. This program can be modified for various grades and ages.


Necessary Supplies:
-plate or tray (something with a flat bottom that can get dirty)
-small cup of water
-small cup of dirt/soil, whatever is available locally/at student's home
-straw, spoon, dropper, or something that can be used to create a slow drip

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About This Program

Cost

Point to Point: $0.00
Point to Point Premium: $0.00

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IMPORTANT: When selecting Program Delivery Mode, please select the mode that works best for your class and/or participants. Members must provide Joshua Tree National Park with the connection link. Please check your email for a confirmation from a Joshua Tree National Park ranger requesting a program link.

Length

30 minutes, plus time for Q&A


Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Homeschool/Family

Minimum participants:

5

Maximum participants:

There is no maximum, but for optimum interactivity, we suggest one class size per session.


Primary Disciplines

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Program Delivery Mode

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Booking Information

IMPORTANT: When selecting Program Delivery Mode, please select the mode that works best for your class and/or participants. Members must provide Joshua Tree National Park with the connection link. Please check your email for a confirmation from a Joshua Tree National Park ranger requesting a program link.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Cancellations and reschedules must be made three days in advance of your confirmed program. Please email jotr_education@nps.gov to confirm your cancellation. Thank you.

About This Provider

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Joshua Tree National Park

Yucca Valley, CA
United States

Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. A fascinating variety of plants and animals make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional rainstorms. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California. 

Contact:
Joshua Tree National Park
jotr_education@nps.gov
7603673012

Program Details

Format

* Students should have all materials prepared prior to program start
1. This program begins with an introduction to Joshua Tree National Park- location, characteristics, etc
2. We then discuss different landforms found in the park
3. Students will prepare gathered materials for activity
4. We will then discuss different forms of erosion (fast change)
5. As a group, we will complete a short erosion activity
6. We will end with a discussion on different forms of weathering (slow change)
7. Time is allowed for questions and answers.

Objectives

The participants will:
-engage in discussion with peers and park ranger while observing the effects of millions of years of weathering and erosion in Joshua Tree National Park
-learn the difference between erosion and weathering
-practice using observation skills while modeling erosion and weathering using gathered home materials

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Developing and Using Models 3-5
ESS2A 3-5 -- Earth materials and systems
ESS2A K-2 -- Earth materials and systems