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Skidaway Island State Park

Despite what you see in cartoons, not all park rangers say, “Hey, Boo-Boo!” Luckily, one of ours does. You’ll want to meet her, along with the other rangers who help maintain this beautiful state park located just outside of Savannah. Not only is it a great place to get away for a few days, it’s also a great place for Teachable Moments, as we go well over our quota on this barrier island!

STEAM Category

Science
Science
  • Support Materials

    Discuss

    1. How could starting controlled fires in a park prevent future forest fires?

    2. Why do we have an agency like the DNR to oversee our natural resources?

    Expansion

    Vocabulary

    Giant Sloth: elephant-sized ground sloths native to South America that flourished until around 8,500 BC

    Barrier Island: a long narrow island lying parallel and close to the mainland, protecting the mainland from erosion and storms

    Fossil: something (such as a leaf, skeleton, or footprint) that is from a plant or animal which lived in ancient times and that you can see in some rocks

    Estuary: an area where a river flows into the sea

    Nutrients: a substance that plants, animals, and people need to live and grow

    DNR: (Department of Natural Resources) a government agency that has statewide responsibilities for managing and conserving Georgia’s natural, cultural, and historical resources

    Ecosystem: everything that exists in a particular environment

    Naturalist: a person who studies plants and animals as they live in nature

    Prescribed Fire: the process of planning and applying fire to a predetermined area, under specific environmental conditions, to achieve a desired outcome

    Museum Curator: a content specialist charged with an institution's collections and involved with the interpretation of heritage material

Special Thanks

Holly Holdsworth, Kate Charron, Drew Klalo, Keith Clark, Kerry Nelson.

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