ERIC Number: ED261727
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Gold Creek: An Environmental Studies Center.
A description is provided of the Gold Creek Ecological Reserve, 240 acres of undisturbed land in Northeast Los Angeles County, which serves the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) as an outdoor laboratory for students and faculty in numerous disciplines. Section I provides introductory information on the reserve and its features, which include a natural stream, two archaeological sites, a geological fault, and abundant plant and animal life. Section II discusses the reserve's educational contributions, stressing the opportunity it offers for urban students to experience a more "natural" setting. In section III, various aspects of the students' experience at Gold Creek are explored, including information on seasonal changes, and field laboratory experiences and exercises. Section IV offers a description of one of the Gold Creek nature trails, which students can explore accompanied by a cassette tape description or trail guide. In section V, the impact of environmental factors (e.g., earthquakes, fires, and floods) on the reserve are discussed. Section VI offers statistics showing the use of the site over the past 7 years, during which approximately 6,370 students, 100 faculty members, and over 700 LACCD employees and their guests visited the reserve. The final sections explain the functions of the District's Gold Creek Committee, which is responsible for the development and use of the property to improve the LACCD's instructional programs, and plans for future improvements. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Community Coll. District, CA. Office of Instructional Services.