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Title Field trip curriculum for the John Muir National Historic Site
Publication Date
Degree MS
Discipline/Department Recreation Administration
Degree Level masters
University/Publisher California State University – Sacramento
Abstract A review of literature demonstrated the national significance of John Muir???s accomplishments to the conservation movement in the United State as well as the significance of the home site and ranch. Student field trips to the John Muir National Historic Site were conducted by focusing on a Victorian Home tour where John Muir lived and worked. The National Park Service (NPS) believed home tours overlooked key opportunities to tell the larger story of John Muir???s values and accomplishments, use the natural and cultural resources of the ranch, and demonstrate the relevance of both John Muir and the historic site to the needs of contemporary students. Local area teachers advised the historic site interpretive staff of their interest in bringing classes on multiple field trips during the school year if the staff expanded the range of activities and experiences available at the site. This project examined John Muir???s life, his connection to the Strentzel-Muir Ranch and the natural and cultural resources of the site itself. A field trip curriculum guide is provided as the primary tool to expand existing thematic interpretation and education opportunities on the site. Information was gathered through a review of literature on the following topics: 1) significance of the site and its development as a national park; 2) how activities that occurred at the Strentzel-Muir Ranch helped to define and illustrate early California agricultural history and urbanization of the Alhambra Valley. A one-day teacher orientation workshop, numerous interviews with NPS site staff and literature reviews contributed to the creation of the total project. The Field Trip Curriculum Guide developed through this project presents a series of guided tours, lessons, projects and field studies for 1) NPS interpretive staff and volunteers to use as tools for orientation to John Muir and the historic site, 2) creating opportunities to increase the range of age groups that can be served at the site through the use of expanded interpretive programming and 3) teachers to apply before and after the site visit and within and outside of the classroom.
Subjects/Keywords California agricultural history; Environmental education; Project-based learning; Public history; Conservation; Environmental stewardship; Community history
Contributors Erickson, Beth
Language en
Country of Publication us
Record ID handle:10211.9/2194
Repository sacramento
Date Retrieved
Date Indexed 2020-05-13

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California content standards ..........................................27 The Strentzel-Muir Ranch........................................................................28 Agricultural history of California ................................................28…

…Standards adopted by the California Department of Education in August 2010 were also included in planning the curriculum. Content was directed toward the interests and needs of area teachers (especially those who teach in the Martinez Unified School…

…orientation packets 28 from the Historic site were filled with factual information about John Muir and little project oriented materials. Information did not connect back to any California Content standards. This led to the joint effort of the Education

…Ranch Agricultural history of California Many new California settlers in the 1850s eventually turned to farming because they found it far more prosperous than the gold fields. They found land that was fertile and flat. California climate featured rainy…

…connect John Muir’s legacy and the story of the ranch with needs of contemporary students. NPS staff expressed several concerns to the researcher:  School field trips were not aligned with the third and fourth grade California “Content standards” for…

…Provide an evaluation component. Delimitations The development of this project included developing California content standard- based curriculum for third and fourth grade students in the areas of history, language arts and science. National Common Core…

agricultural areas belonging to John Muir and his father-in-law, Dr. Strentzel (Killion and Davison, 2005). 9 Chapter 2 REVIEW OF LITERATURE This review of literature is divided into three main sections. The first is a detailed explanation of the…

…existing visitor services and school tour programs. The second major section describes the agricultural history of the Strentzel-Muir Ranch, including Muir’s role, use of immigrant workers and the progression toward urbanization of the Alhambra Valley. The…