Geography in the Garden
Scout out the physical and spatial characteristics of the Longwood property in this hands-on program that highlights geographic tools, physical systems, and the relationship between people and places.
Explore topography by using maps and other geographic tools that assist with the navigation and interpretation of our section of the Earth’s surface. Engage in age-appropriate activities to apply basic mapping skills and utilize geographic tools and technologies to locate specific areas in the garden.
K-2: Students are introduced to standard map components and skills and complete a string orienteering course.
3-5: Students compare different types of maps. They create a map as a group and practice map reading skills before completing an orienteering course in small groups.
6-8: Students identify key components used on maps and discuss how and why maps are useful. They create individual maps and practice map reading skills before completing an orienteering course in small groups.
NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR GEOGRAPHY
Standard 1: Understands the characteristics and uses of maps, globes, and other geographic tools and technologies
Standard 2: Knows the location of places, geographic features, and patterns of the environment
Standard 3: Understands the characteristics and uses of spatial organization of Earth’s surface
Standard 4: Understands the physical and human characteristics of place