1. Program begins with introduction to Rocky Mountain National Park and the National Park Service.
2. Ranger introduces/ reviews the nitrogen cycle.
3. Then ranger discusses the nitrogen cycle and deposition as it applies to RMNP and the animals and plants that live here.
4. Together the group roleplays a variety of stakeholders that influence the nitrogen deposition, discussing potential solutions.
5. Time is allowed for questions and answers.
1. Recognize the role of the NPS in preserving natural areas.
2. Construct a diagram of the nitrogen cycle that illustrates the sources and effects of anthropogenic nitrogen on the RMNP ecosystem.
3. Connect human activities and population growth in the Colorado Front Range to high altitude nitrogen deposition in RMNP.
4. Assess the role that anthropogenic nitrogen plays as both a primary and secondary pollutant and --
5. Create novel solutions to address the multiple sources of anthropogenic nitrogen that are being deposited in RMNP.
Colorado Academic Standards Addressed
Reading, Writing and Communicating
Effective speaking in formal and informal settings requires appropriate use of methods and audience awareness.
Effective collaborative groups accomplish goals.
RWC10-GR.11-S.1- GLE.1- EO.b/c
Verbal and nonverbal cues impact the intent of communication.
Effectively operating in small and large groups to accomplish a goal requires active listening.
Oral presentations require effective preparation strategies.
Social Studies: Geography and Civics
Use geographic tools and resources to analyze Earth’s human systems and physical features to investigate and address geographic issues.
Geographic variables influence interactions of people, places and environments.
The interconnected nature of the world, its people and places.
Research and formulate positions on local, state and national issues or policies to participate in a civil society.
Purposes, roles and limitations of the structures and functions of government.
Utilize the inquiry method of observation and the language of visual art and design to gather information and determine meaning.
Use artmaking processes as forms of inquiry to increase independent reasoning and perception skills to increase knowledge.
Develop proficiency in visual communication skills that extends learning to new contexts.
Advocate for changes in the home, school, or community that would increase safety.
Organisms use matter and energy to live and grow.
Organisms interact with the living and nonliving components of the environment to obtain matter and energy.
Matter and energy necessary for life are conserved as they move through ecosystems.
A complex set of interactions determine how ecosystems respond to disturbances.
The environment influences survival and reproduction of organisms over multiple generations.
Humans have complex interactions with ecosystems and have the ability to influence biodiversity on the planet.
The biosphere and Earth’s other systems have many interconnections that cause a continual co-evolution of Earth’s surface and life on it.
Resource availability has guided the development of human society and use of natural resources has associated costs, risks, and benefits.
Sustainability of human societies and the biodiversity that supports them requires responsible management of natural resources, including the development of technologies.