Grand Teton National Park initiated a free electronic educational outreach program titled “Tails from the Tetons” in mid September. As part of the online field trip, a live broadcast is scheduled to air on Tuesday, October 16, at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Mountain Standard Time. The live broadcast can be viewed via satellite feed, or online at http://www.bsu.edu/eft/tetons. Satellite coordinates for the live broadcast can be obtained by referring to the online address.
The “Tails from the Tetons” web-based learning experience is designed for teachers, students, and anyone interested in gaining knowledge about plant and animal communities found in the park. The program was developed in collaboration with Ball State University, Best Buy Children’s Foundation, and the National Park Foundation. Teton Science Schools has also become a partner in this educational outreach project, and Journey School students will be participating during the live broadcast.
Teachers who wish to have their students participate in the electronic field trip and live broadcast may go to the Web site http://www.bsu.edu/eft/tetons and simply click on the participate button to fill out the registration form. For free participation, check the Best Buy Children’s Foundation Scholarship icon.
The online course consists of three components: a Web site; several Webisodes; and the live broadcast. The Web site consists of two parts: a teacher site that provides lessons for classroom use that are aligned with national standards in geography, science, social studies and technology; and a student site that contains an interactive learning game that invites the user to become a new wildlife biologist at Grand Teton National Park. Webisodes began on September 17, with a new episode presented each week for a total eight weeks. Webisodes involve a series of online videos where National Park Service rangers present programs with interesting information about Grand Teton’s ecosystem—from geologic forces to plant and animal adaptations. At the end of each episode, rangers help students discover how to identify animals from the signs they leave behind.
For further questions about this learning opportunity, please call the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center at 307.739.3399.