Explore - Sugar Pine Point State Park at Lake Tahoe

Programs Available for Remote Classrooms

Youtube Watershed Video

Sugar Pine Point State Park - Pre-Visit Video

Through an interactive video-conference, students will engage with a PORTS interpreter and explore the shores of Lake Tahoe from high up in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

 

 

 

 

 

Overview

First Program Topic: "Lake Tahoe Watershed"

Location: Sugar Pine Point State Park at Lake Tahoe

Grade Levels: K-8th

General Description: Through an interactive video-conference, students will engage with a PORTS interpreter and explore the shores of Lake Tahoe from high up in the Sierra Nevada mountains. If it’s snowing, we might even need snowshoes!

Students will make observations about the Lake Tahoe watershed and discuss the lake's significance to human life. Students will also think critically about how human activity around the lake can impact the water and environment, all while reflecting on their own surroundings because everyone lives in a watershed. Finally, the PORTS presenter will take questions from students to conclude the conference.

During the conference students will see: mountains, Lake Tahoe, sky, conifer trees and, if conditions allow, may also see unusual weather, wildlife, wetlands, snow and park visitors.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify key features of the Lake Tahoe watershed
  • Explore Lake Tahoe's significance to human life historically and today
  • Think critically about how human activity impacts the lake and environment and relate it to students' personal experiences

Academic Content Standard Subject Area: Science; Climate & Environment

Vocabulary: watershed, precipitation, clarity, sediment, wetland

NGSS Standard(s): 2-ESS2-3; K-ESS3-3; 4-ESS2-1; MS-ESS3-4

 

 

Second Program Topic: "Life in the Snow World"

Location: Sugar Pine Point State Park at Lake Tahoe

Grade levels: Grades K-8th

General Description: Through an interactive video-conference, students will engage with a PORTS interpreter and explore the physical properties of snow and the ways organisms have adapted to winter conditions. If it’s snowing, we might even need snowshoes!

Students will make observations about the snowy environment by examining locations in the park. Students will analyze how certain adaptations help organisms to survive the harsh conditions of winter (trees, bears, rabbits). We will also discuss how humans simulate these adaptations. Finally, the PORTS presenter will take questions from students to conclude the conference. 

During the conference students will see: snow, sky, conifer trees and, if conditions allow, may also see Lake Tahoe, unusual weather, wildlife, and park visitors. 

Learning objectives:

  • Identify the physical properties of snow
  • Analyze how certain adaptations help organisms survive in a harsh winter environment
  • Compare how humans have adapted in similar ways to survive winter conditions

Academic Content Standard Subject Area: Science; Climate & Environment

Vocabulary: organism, snowpack, solar radiation, insulation, adaptation, hibernation

NGSS Standard(s): 2-LS4-1; 3-LS4-3; 3-ESS2-2; MS-LS1-5


Additional Resources

Youtube Video

Questions? Contact Us

Stephanie Ambrosia PORTS Interpreter Stephanie.Ambrosia@parks.ca.gov
530-489-8909 (mobile) / 530-525-9524 (office)
Zoom ID: 530-489-8909
Skype ID: laketahoeinterp