Two educators lead each 40- to 60-minute session as presenter and host using a video conference platform such as Zoom. Attending teachers participate as chaperones who observe and assist students as needed. Interactive technology tools may include Prezi, Jamboards, GoogleSlides, breakout sessions and participant polls.
Session 1: Orientation & Community Building 40- to 60-minute live session
Students will meet NatureBridge educators and work as a group to establish community agreements and guidelines. Students will engage in team-building activities that help to create a fun and safe learning space to share and interact for future lessons. Students will learn introductory information about Olympic National Park such as geography, ecosystems and human history. Students will participate in a land acknowledgement of the traditional tribes of Olympic as well as the students' home communities.
Session 2: Intro to Olympic Life Through the Rain Shadow 40- to 60-minute live session
Beginning at Ruby Beach’s Pacific coastal tidepools, educators lead students on a journey to the top of Mount Olympus and beyond to learn about the rain shadow effect that makes it possible for dramatically different ecosystems to flourish within a few miles of each other. Abiotic, biotic and cultural components (ABCs) of ecosystems are introduced with opportunities for students to identify ABCs in a variety of ecosystems. Interactive instructional techniques are used to increase student engagement and to promote connections with their peers while gaining a true sense of place in Olympic National Park.
Session 3: Build an Ecosystem 40- to 60-minute live session
Building on students’ understanding of ABCs and diversity within ecosystems, students will design their own ecosystems influenced by factors such as elevation and proximity to water that impact the abiotic, biotic and cultural features of their ecosystem. They will then explore how climate change would impact their ecosystem and explore resiliency within systems.