What are those italicized numbers and sentences at the top of some of the site write-ups??
Those are academic learning standards! We have used Environment and Ecology standards as well as Science and Technology and Engineering Education standards in developing our GeoTrail, so we could make sure we were demonstrating useful information. See if you can answer them after visiting our caches! They are as follows:
4.1.4.A Explain what happens to an organism when its food supply, access to water, shelter or space (niche / habitat) is changed.
4.2.3.A. Define the term watershed.
4.2.4.A. Describe the physical characteristics of a watershed.
4.2.7.B. Explain the primary functions of a wetland within a watershed.
4.5.4.C. Describe how human activities affect the environment.
4.5.5.C. Explain the difference between point and non-point source pollution.
4.5.8.A. Explain how Best Management Practices (BMP) can be used to mitigate environmental problems.
4.1.4.E. Explain that ecosystems change over time due to natural and/ or human influences.
4.2.10.A. Describe how vegetation affects water runoff.
4.3.3.B. Identify local natural resources.
4.5.6.A. Examine how historical events have shaped the sustainable use of natural resources.
3.3.10.A2. Analyze the effects on the environment and the carbon cycle of using both renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy.
3.3.12.A2. Evaluate the impact of using renewable and nonrenewable energy resources on the Earth’s system.
4.2.8.A. Describe factors that affect the quality of ground and surface waters.
3.3.12.A7. Infer how human activities may impact the natural course of Earth’s cycles.
3.4.12.B2. Illustrate how, with the aid of technology, various aspects of the environment can be monitored to provide information for decision making.