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A Week in Yosemite

Let's go camping! You and the other people in your group are going on a camping trip to beautiful Yosemite National Park. You need to decide what to do and what to see while you visit this amazing National Park!

Your Task
1. Your group will come up with a detailed daily itinerary for your trip. An itinerary is detailed plan of how you will spend every day of your trip. You will have one week for your visit.
Your itinerary should include the following:
a. Descriptions of the PLACES you are going to visit.
b. Descriptions of the WILDLIFE (plants and animals) you may see at each location.

DAY 1 – Location you will visit
- Sights you will see
- Wildlife you will see.
Your group will create an attractive brochure, with pictures and text, describing how wonderful your planned trip will be.

You may use any resources that you can find to help you with your planning. In addition to searching the internet, you should also consider the following:
- Our classroom Social Studies books
- Library books and magazines
- Travel Agent brochures and websites

On the web, there are several good places to start looking:


OFFICIAL Yosemite National Park pages -


Other good resources -

The Process

Your group MUST work together to complete this project in a timely manner. Imagine you are leaving at the end of this week for your visit!


Step 1: Group Roles and Ideas

Your group should divide your group into 2 teams:
- one team to research PLACES
- one team to research WILDLIFE

Agree on who will be responsible for each section. Before you begin, take some time to discuss some of the things you may already know about Yosemite. Take notes so that your teacher or anyone else will be able to tell what you are doing.
Make sure everyone has a list of your group's ideas and knows who is responsible for which portions of your research BEFORE you begin!

Step 2: Research

Now you need to research the the places you may want to see and the things you'll want to learn. Use the information under RESOURCES to search the web for information and prices.
At this point, the more information you get, the better. Keep track of requirements, and make sure you note where you found the information. If you see something that might help another person in your group, tell them.
Keep an eye out for interesting pictures for your brochure.

Step 3: Plan your itinerary

After everyone is finished doing research, your group needs to get together to decide the order of the places you will visit.
REMEMBER – you can’t do everything in 1 day! Make sure your plans are realistic and reasonable! Yosemite is a big place, don’t forget about driving time!

Step 4: Match your Wildlife Experience with your Itinerary

After you organize your week, add in the different wildlife you will see as you stop at each location.

Step 5: The Brochure

The last step is to make a brochure, describing your trip. You may design a 3-fold brochure on a plain piece of paper or you may get more creative!

- You may do the entire brochure electronically
- You may use more pages
- If you want to try something VERY different, check with your teacher first!

You brochure should include information about where you will visit as well as what you will see.
Be sure to use pictures that help to “sell” your trip!
Make the brochure descriptive enough that another student would have a good idea of what your trip was like and could decide whether s/he would like to take the same trip.


Your group will be graded on three things:
1. Group Participation: Did your group listen to each other? Did you work together and plan carefully? Did everyone do their separate tasks? Was it completed on time? Did you help each other with ideas?
2. Itinerary: Does your itinerary describe the trip in detail? Do you have a plan for what you are doing with your time?
3. Brochure: Is it visually attractive? Does it contain selected information that describes your trip? Could a student imagine your trip by reading the brochure, or is there too little or too much information?