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Park-ology

We’ve designed a new web portal for teens to foster better park knowledge, visitation and participation in park events! Park-ology is a free, cloud-based education tool designed to teach teens, ages 14 to 18, about the parks and recreation industry.

Content is split into three sections – Play, Nature and People – to provide a diverse and comprehensive look at key topics and concepts while unveiling a number of STEAM-related careers that students can learn more about as they plan their academic and professional futures. Text is balanced with videos, games and fun facts to keep students engaged and entertained.

Upon course completion, students will receive a certificate and once all three are completed, students will receive a special gift!

Only one portal is completed and in review right now: PLAY. This introductory module explores the evolution of recreation at the local, national and international levels. Students are introduced to concepts like play theory and the benefits of responsible park use. The second two portals – Nature and People – will be ready by the end of 2021.

This program was developed by DPR staff with feedback from education industry stakeholders. These contributions provided unique perspectives and real-world experiences to ensure course content is both relevant and understandable.

You can click through all the interesting, interactive components in an hour or less! We encourage you to check it out, learn something new, and let us know what you think as we develop our next few modules.

Link to portal where you can earn your Park-ology certificate: https://bit.ly/3gQU5fL

Questions and comments may be sent to jessica.geiszler@sdcounty.ca.gov

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