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Ecology, Culture & Economy

Dive Into Place

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to find more hidden facts, treasures, people and spots, that make your place unique. Explore the driving question: How might we engage in our communities?

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Recommended Timeframe: 2-3 months

So you think you know a lot about your place? Good. We want to learn about it too and guide you to take your understanding much, much deeper! Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to find more hidden facts, treasures, people and spots, that make your place unique. Report to Mission Control each morning to receive your mission, pack some snacks, grab a Notebook and your device, and go into your community. Who is the longest living member of your community? What changes have they seen? What urban legends exist in your town? Are they true? Why do particular plants and animals live and grow there? Likewise, why did people decide to settle there? What makes your place special? Who from your community has made an impact? What impact would you like to make? Report back to Mission Control with your findings–photos, audio/video recordings of interviews, and observations–and log them in a digital map to reveal your discoveries with others. Who knew your place was so cool?

Key Topics

  • Celebrate what citizens are already doing to improve their place by investigating local Community Impact Projects, big and small
  • Explore what you and your community members love about your place
  • Connect to a place near your home by spending time there for thinking, observing, and sketching  
  • Captivate your interest in the flora and fauna of your place
  • Participate in community events
  • Examine your needs and wants, as well as the goods and services provided in your community
  • Interview a local business owner
  • Find hidden gems through an ongoing scavenger hunt
  • Make the world an even better place by doing as many of your own Community Impact Projects as you can
  • Map your experience using Google My Maps