|"2 Californias, 2 Coasts: An Inquiry-based Exploration of Global Environmental Change in Baja California, Mexico"|
Sunday, August 4 - Sunday August 11, 2002.
Participant Fee: $550 plus airfare to San Diego rendezvous.
Credits: 4 graduate-level credits for recertification purposes available through Colorado School of Mines (additional $130 fee); graduate level credit for Master's degree students available through Rider University.
1. Facilitator Contact Information:
Nichia Huxtable, 805 640-3677, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fillmore High School
David Silverberg, Ph.D. (aka Daveed), 520 731-3374, email@example.com
Environmental Learning Institute
The Environmental Learning Institute provides course transport from the San Diego rendezvous to Baja California, Mexico, on-course travel, food, cooking equipment, tents, lodging, protected area fees, course reader and all scientific and research equipment.
†This fee does not include airfare from the participantís home to and from San Diego, personal clothing, personal equipment expenses, personal expenses or optional travel.
Rendezvous: 2 PM, Sunday, August 4, San Diego Airport.
Dropoff: 11 AM, Sunday, August 11, San Diego Airport. (Therefore book return flights 1 PM)
4. Number of participants: 12
5. Site description:
6. Levels of teacher-participants: Participants may be pre-service or in-service teachers of secondary level life science, integrated science, biology, or environmental science.
7. Structure of workshop:
From August 4 - 11, we will travel South along the Pacific coast into Baja, then across the deserts of Baja, and North along the Sea of Cortez until we re-enter California. For those eight days, participants will attend content lectures and guided hikes and undertake field studies in both coastal and desert ecosystems. Our days are filled with field work, our evenings include lively text-based discussions of inquiry-based learning, expeditionary learning, team development models, global environmental change.
8. Content Knowledge Topics: Natural Ecosystems and Ecological Concepts
This course provides an overview of Baja California Norte, Mexico natural arid and coastal ecosystems: what they are; how they work; and how they evolve and adapt to change. Ecosystem structure and function, as well as ecosystem development and dynamic equilibrium are integrated into a central theme of sustainability from a local and global perspective. Particular emphasis will be given to the ecology of Baja Califonia Norte's Pacific and Gulf Coasts , the Sonoran Desert of Valle de Cirios Protected Area and the deserts and arid shrub lands of southern California, United States. Biosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere interactions and exchanges within the coastal zone and desert biomes are introduced as related to issues of local and global environmental change. The philosophy, pedagogy and learning activities of the course employ a standards- and inquiry-based approach.
Environmental History of Mexico
Experimental Design and Data Interpretation
Coastal Environmental Change
Causes and Consequences of Biodiversity
Geologic and Physical Geographic Development of the Baja Peninsula
Corridors and Global Climate Change
Mexico and Global Environmental Change
Habitat Fragmentation and Degradation
How Deserts Work
Mexico's Protected Areas and Communities
9. Curriculum materials:
10. Field Equipment: Our field lab includes several notebook computers, TI-89 graphing calculators, a full set of Vernier calculator and computer-based laboratory probes and standard geological and biological survey equipment. A digital projector, compasses, underwater writing tablets, barometers, digital cameras, mini-DV camcorders, 35 mm SLR, microscopes.
11. Food and Lodging: We will be cooking in field camps and basic palapas along the ocean and in the desert. Participants will be asked to help the camp manager with cooking and cleaning chores in rotation. We will be camping in tents and using sleeping bags. You need to bring your own sleeping bag. Two person tents are provided, though you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.
12. Physical Fitness Requirements: The Baja California TORCH course involves hiking in the desert at elevated temperatures, dayhiking with a 20 pound daypack, hiking on trails and off-trails, traveling in a van for several hours on sometimes curvy coastal and mountain roads, †traveling in a motorboat on a choppy water surface.† Participants will sleep in tents, in sleeping bags with sleeping pads on the ground.†