Healthy Water and Local History, Adobe Springs

student writes notes at an Anza Trail station
Kathe Hustace of Amigos de Anza participates in a curriculum-based field trip at Adobe Springs in Atascadero, CA.


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This 3rd Grade Lesson Plan -- aligned with the Common Core & Next Generation Science Standards -- is site specific for Adobe Springs in Atascadero, California, but it can serve as a model curriculum for others.

The lesson plan and activities connect the health of a local freshwater resource (rivers, springs) to the story of the area's people, flora, and fauna, including the necessity of fresh water to sustain the traveling Anza Expedition of 1775-76.

The curriculum was developed in 2015 by Katherine Perilloux for the Atascadero Land Preservation Society (ALPS) with funding by the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.

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Volunteers dedicated hundreds of hours to developing the Anza Trail curriculum for Adobe Springs.


Adobe Springs curriculum development team included (left to right): Katherine Perilloux of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; Kathryn Sanders of Atascadero Unified School District;and Jonalee Istenes of the Atascadero Land Preservation Society.

The National Park Service thanks you for your dedication to Atascadero students and your community's history and environment.

Last updated: July 19, 2021

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