Land, Life, and People:
Making Connections

Program Length, Season and Appropriate Grade Levels

  • This program lasts 4-1/2 hours, and can be adapted to suit your needs.
  • The program is offered year–round.
  • Appropriate for Grade Levels 7 –12.

Program Description and Activities

This program explores three components of the Earth’s surface environment— water, soil, and life—in the context of human land use decisions and environmental sustainability.

Your students will be engaged in a multifaceted program experience that may include:

  • Examining aerial photographs of the surface of the earth and discussing how human activities and decisions have changed that landscape over time.
  • Exploring the campus landscape in the context of human decision making.
  • Observing examples of individual land use decisions.
  • Observing and discussing collective land use decisions as reflected in the landscape at the University of Michigan – Dearborn.

State of Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) and High School Content Expectations (HSCEs) Applicable to this Program

The Environmental Interpretive Center’s educational programs provide environmental information, hands–on experiences, and inquiry challenges for Michigan students in line with Michigan’s Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) and High School Essential Content Standards and Expectations (HSCEs). Teachers can find a link below to content standards, statements, and grade level expectations applicable to the program "Land, Life and People: Making Connections."