50 points

Submit this project via Canvas only (not e-mail). Submit the rough draft via Canvas as well.

Must be in Google Slides (send a link) or MS Word file - nothing else

You need to pick a National Park from the list below. This is first come, first served. Send me an e-mail requesting your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice in a single e-mail (just to be safe and save time). Maybe pick something that you aren't familiar with. There is not a boring park on the list. No matter what you end up with, it is an amazing place! Go ahead and scroll to the bottom of this page and pick something. I will respond to you as quickly as possible with a positive or negative answer. Your final project will be on display for your discussion group (18 other students in the class who you already sort of know). This means that each park will have three different people covering each park (exhibited to different groups of students). OK, we are getting ahead of ourselves.

You will need to submit a rough draft of this project including all photos by the date listed below (based on your last name). The final project will be mostly maps and photos of the park with short bursts of information in between. No long paragraphs needed. Don't put your audience to sleep.

      Last name starts with A-L: Please submit the rough draft on Sunday October 25, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.

      Last name starts with M-Z: Please submit the rough draft on Sunday November 1, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.

I will reply with suggestions and demands (I am so demanding).

The final due date for everyone is Tuesday 11/24/20 at 11:59 p.m. Send me any questions that you have before then.

You have the option of completing this project in MS Word (landscape format) or in Google Slides.

Your audience will be your discussion group. We want to see the beauty of the park you are discussing. Look for the best photos possible (there are plenty on Google Images). If you are doing this is MS Word, please use the landscape format (which is wider from left to right). Do not put any text on the photos. You can write the answers to the questions (listed below) in between the photos. If you find photos with written text already on them, please do not use them. Move on and find something else. If a photo/map has a watermark on it (which is very distracting), move on and find something else.

Here is an example of a photo with a watermark on it.


You have the option of doing this project in Google Slides. If you do this, please go to Canvas and submit the link to your Google Slides presentation by the date listed above (by 11:59 p.m.). Your rough draft should be submitted through Canvas as well. Do not submit any other files with your Google Slides link.

Whether you do your project in Word or Google Slides, please submit the project in Canvas under the National Park Project in "Assignments".

Late submissions will be graded down 0.2 points per day (including weekends). This goes for the rough draft deadline and the final deadline

I will likely ask you to make some alterations to your presentation and I will send it back to you with a reasonable resubmission deadline (before the final submission date).

Click Here to view a YouTube video that shows you how to make your Google Slides presentation public (required if you are using Google Slides). Go to the 2:15 mark in the video to get the answer.

You will need at least three maps (see details below) and at least 15 photos of the park (20 maximum). Try to avoid a lot of people in your photos. The beauty of the park is the theme. You want to sell your park to the audience (or the idea that going to this park is worth it). If you have your own photos of the park, you can use them if you think that they are the best possible pictures for selling your park.

Whether you are creating a Word document or a Google Slides presentation, please adhere to the following:

ONE MAP PER SLIDE. Make it as large as possible on the slide/page without stretching the image disproportionately. In other words, click on the corner of the image and drag to enlarge it (not the edge of the photo). Dragging the corner maintains the original proportions of the image without making it "fat" or "skinny".

GOOGLE SLIDES - NO FANCY TRANSITIONS BETWEEN SLIDES (in Google Slides) - that would be distracting.


Answer the following questions in between the photos. Spread out your answers throughout the project and make it easy to read (large font with dark-ish font color).

Reminder: Use the landscape format in either Word or Google Slides (Landscape view is the default in Google Slides, but not in Word).

      1. Where is this park located?

          a) Include a US map highlighting the state.
          b) Include a state map showing the location of the park.
          c) Include an official NPS map of the park (NPS = National Park Service).

              The USA map can be found by going to Google Images and entering the following search: "USA map highlighting Michigan" (or whatever state your park is in). You will have many to choose from. Look for maps that are plain and simple to read. The audience will see the map for about two seconds, so you want the information to be clear (clutter-free). No words are necessary on the map.

              The state map might be easy to find or it might be difficult. Start by searching the following in Google Images: "Michigan map highlighting Isle Royale National Park" (use your park name and state). You are welcome to create your own map if you cannot find anything simple.

              For the National Park map, search the name of your park in Google Images and then include the word "map" and the following domain name: "" This will raise the potential that you are getting an actual National Park Service map. You need to show the entire park. You might come up with campground maps and this will not do. If your park is long and narrow, do not widen the map to fill the slide/page and do not rotate it sideways on the slide/page. Showing a narrow map is very informative to the audience. It conveys information about that park very quickly.

      2. How big is this park (acres or hectares)?

      3. What is the range of elevation of this park above sea level (meters or feet)?

      4. When did it become a national park?

      5. Why did it become a national park? Pick any or all from the list below and describe in detail. This section will take the most effort to report. Split it up between photos and keep the length reasonable so that the audience doesn't have to read a book about it. Just give the basics, but answer the question.

          a) rock formations?
          b) glaciers?
          c) plants?
          d) animals?
          e) human history?
          f) etc.
          g) etc.

      6. What is the best way to visit this park (plane, cruise ship, train, car, helicopter, etc.) and how long does it take to drive there from Port Huron?

      IMPORTANT! Please include at least 15 actual photos in your presentation (20 maximum). The maps do not count as photos.

      Please include the exact URL of each photo/map on a list and make this list the last slide/page in your presentation. We want the exact URL of the image, not the URL of the page where the image can be found. Right click on any image to find this specific URL (View Image or Open Image in New Window, etc.). It's OK if the URLs are long. It's also OK if the font size on this reference page is tiny as long as the URLs are there.

      As always, let me know if you have questions.


      Here is the list of possible National Parks. Send me an e-mail message with your selection (first come, first served). Maybe pick something that you aren't familiar with. Send your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice in a single e-mail in order to be safe and save time. Sorry, there is nothing from Michigan here (nor Yellowstone or Yosemite or the Grand Canyon).

          - Redwood National Park in California

          - Sequoia National Park in California

          - Arches National Park in Utah

          - Olympic National Park in Washington (state)

          - Crater Lake National Park in Oregon

          - Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota

          - Badlands National Park in South Dakota

          - Big Bend National Park in Texas

          - Shenandoah National Park in Virginia

          - Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee/North Carolina

          - Zion National Park in Utah

          - Canyonlands National Park in Utah

          - Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado

          - Haleakala National Park in Hawai'i

          - Volcanoes National Park in Hawai'i

          - Denali National Park in Alaska

          - Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska

          - Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky

          - Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico

          - Mount Rainier National Park in Washington (state)

          - Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah

          - Acadia National Park in Maine

          - Joshua Tree National Park in California

          - Glacier National Park in Montana

          - Death Valley National Park in California

          - Gates of the Arctic National Park in Alaska

          - Everglades National Park in Florida

          - Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida

          - Capital Reef National Park in Utah

          - Lassen Volcanic National Park in California

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