No Park is an Island

Academic Standards

No Park is an Island

No Park is an Island includes five activities:

Activity 1: Public Lands: Our Civic Responsibility »
Activity 2: Enjoying Pennsylvania’s Public Lands »
Activity 3: Activities versus Resources »
Activity 4: Who is Your Audience? »
Activity 5: Developing a Public Park Project »

“No Park is An Island” expresses the connections of public lands to the surrounding communities, the natural resources, the state and the people. Public lands are the responsibility of each citizen. This lesson provides discussion about government responsibility and the encouragement of public input. Through the activities, participants will determine the role of government agencies and define the characteristics between public and private land. Participants will work in groups to make recommendations about the development of public lands for park, recreation and resource management.

Groups will research information, applying skills learned in previous lessons, and develop park and recreation plans for public land. The group will present their plans in a public forum.

Standard Categories

  • Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening
  • Environment and Ecology
  • Civics and Government
  • Geography

Standard Statements

1.6 Speaking and Listening
4.2 Renewable and Non-renewable Resources
4.8 Humans and the Environment
5.2 Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens
7.4 Interactions Between People and Places

Content Objectives

  • Describe the difference between public and private land
  • Compare and explain public agencies involved in land ownership and their services
  • Explain activities and services provided by state parks
  • Explain and analyze the impacts public recreation has on natural resources
  • Explain the controversy between protecting natural resources and the public demands for recreation
  • Design and present a state park and community model incorporating sound management practices while meeting the demands of the public
  • Demonstrate land use decisions on private lands that impact public lands
  • Demonstrate smart growth policies in planning designs
  • Analyze the role of citizens at the local and state levels regarding land decisions and initiatives

Instructional Strategies

  • Discussion
  • Survey analysis
  • Group Problem Solving
  • Presentations
  • Demonstration

Assessment Strategies

  • Small group and large group participation
  • Design and presentation of a state park and community plan
  • Evaluation rubrics
  • Written evaluation

Time Required

  • 3.0 hours

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