Student Projects

Humans vs. Nature

Authors: Margaret Egler, Kalle Palmer

Grades: 11th, 12th

Subjects: Humanities, Science

Humans vs. Nature project photo
Students on a bridge, a Humans vs. Nature project photo
Students in classroom, a Humans vs. Nature project photo
Trashy dress (trash literally attached to someones clothes), a Humans vs. Nature project photo
Students doing fieldwork in a field, a Humans vs. Nature project photo
Class photo on a lifeguard tower, a Humans vs. Nature project photo
Humans vs. Nature project photo
Trash lining empty river basin, a Humans vs. Nature project photo
Students doing fieldwork, a Humans vs. Nature project photo
Students examining a fish, a Humans vs. Nature project photo
Students in science class, a Humans vs. Nature project photo
Students in a science class, a Humans vs. Nature project photo


What is impacting the environment in San Diego and why is it occurring?

Which environmental issues matter the most to us, how do we document them and what solutions can we identify to address them?

 

All living things alter their environment but none as extensively as human beings. This project explored anthropogenic impacts on the environment in San Diego and why they are occurring. The project was driven through a class partnership with the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve and Tijuana River Valley stakeholder groups. We investigated why different habitats in the Tijuana River Valley are important and the role they play in our larger local environment and global implications. Student groups chose one niche to further investigate and designed and completed investigative inquiries surrounding these impacts. Our class submitted information collected from our inquiries within each habitat to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in partnership with the Research Reserve. For our stakeholder partners, each group produced an infographic of their findings, an op-ed piece to an electronic and or print publication and finally a Public Service Announcement about their issue.