What is this park most famous for; what are its most valued resources?

Parks Project Assignment

you are to research and report on the following:

  1. Location: You must include a map showing where your park is
  2. Main attractions: What is this park most famous for; what are its most valued resources?
  3. History: When and why was the park established?
  4. Landscape/topographic features: Describe the topography or landforms, natural setting; of the park.
  5. Climate: Provide major climate setting, seasons, accessibility of park
  6. Geology: What is the basic geology in your park?
    1. Dominant rock types and age
    2. Tectonic setting. Describe the geologic conditions produced these rocks. For example, Mt. Rainier is the result of Juan de Fuca plate subducting under the North American plate.
  7. Ecology: What is the basic ecology in your park? This should include:
    1. The biome the park is within
    2. Major plant communities: names and brief description
    3. Wildlife: Names and brief descriptions of some common animals, unique animals, or any threatened/endangered animals found within the park
  8. Everything Else: Each of these parks has several unique features of interest. These could include, historic events, famous viewpoints, popular visitor activities, etc. You may also incorporate your personal relationship to the park – have you ever been there? do you hope to visit one day? why is the park of personal interest to you?

Point value: This project is worth a total of 40 points. The paper, due Dec 14, is worth 30 points. You will also be asked to share a summary of your work on a discussion thread. This part will be worth 10 points and is due December 9 (details to follow).

Where to start your research:

  1. National Park Service: http://www.nps.gov/ (Links to an external site.)
    • (Links to an external site.)Go to “Parks and Recreation”, then Navigate to your assigned park, using “geographic search” and the map for California (That way, you know where it is). You can also find it alphabetically. Also be sure to visit the “Nature and Science”, “Interpretation and Education” and “History and Culture” links from the main nps page because they contain useful information for each park (Geology, Water, etc).
  2. California State Park: http://www.parks.ca.gov/ (Links to an external site.)
  3. Orange County Parks: http://www.ocparks.com/ (Links to an external site.)
  4. Other Resources:
    • Sites linked to the page for your park
    • National Geographic (try web or library for this)
    • Library nature and travel guides
    • Google – only if you need it
    • Your textbook – for some parks

Written essay:

  • Written essays are due December 14th. Submissions are via Turninit on Canvas; no paper copies are needed!
  • Organize your findings in a short paper – NOT an outline – using the sections in the assignment above.
  • The paper should be 3-5 typed, double-spaced pages, 12-point font, not including illustrations.
  • All information from sources should be properly cited using the provided guidelines.
  • Writing Resources: http://academics.ivc.edu/writingcenter/pages/resources.aspxLinks to an external site.

College-Level Writing

The research paper for this course (as for any course) should NOT contain:

  1. conversational passages such as “Have you ever wondered why xyz?”
  2. casual references to “you” (the second person), as in “When you look at xyz…”
  3. slang or other overly informal expressions;
  4. filler words that can be omitted without loss of meaning; for example: “There are several factors that affect xyz” should be “Several factors affect xyz.”

Direct Quotes

Avoid direct quotes wherever possible, which should be in almost all cases. Direct quotes show no thought, analysis, or other higher-level skills on your part, and do nothing to convey your understanding of the content. The more direct quotes one uses, the lower grade you will earn.


Double-space the entire manuscript, and leave 1-inch margins on all sides of the page.

Use a 12-pt font, preferably Times New Roman (NOT Courier).

Single-space your name, the date, and “Bio 30” in a header at the top of page 1. Follow this header with the title of your paper. Do not use a separate title page.


Subject: Science

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