Students investigate human impacts and develop solutions to environmental problems for three different areas: Cape Cod, Everglades, and Los Angeles. In Cape Cod, students are tasked with trying to provide water for a population that has a contaminated aquifer. They perform three activities: what types of ground material make the best aquifer, cleaning up a contaminated aquifer, and predicting the path of groundwater contamination. In the Everglades, students are tasked with how to address the predicted decrease in rainfall to the area. They perform three activities: examining watershed development and water budgets, mapping the disappearing watershed, and investigating how the physiographic and geology of south Florida regions have impacted its use. In Los Angeles, students are tasked with identifying which geographic areas are the best to build a school on due to the least amount of geologic hazards. They perform three activities: explorating slope stability and the effect of water, illustrations of topography of an area, and determining risk of landslide caused by earthquakes.
These activities may take 4-5 days to complete. The activities for students require supplies that are easily purchased at a store. Teachers should review the supplies for each of the nine activities to ensure enough are available for each group.