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PORTS meets Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, and it has proven invaluable in both teaching course material and preparing students for field trips to California State Parks. Currently, there are 13 units of study offered by PORTS: redwood ecology, Hearst Castle, kelp forests, elephant seals, the Gold Rush, monarch butterfly life cycles and migration, redwood ecology, salmon life cycles, the science of habitat protection and restoration, state government, tide pools, weather and climate and mammal characteristics.
"We regret closing any park," said Ruth Coleman, director of California State Parks, "but with the proposed budget reductions over the next two years, we can no longer afford to operate all parks within the system."
The systems are burdened by budget cuts and currently threatened by closures."As state government faces the reality of ongoing budget constraints, it"s partnership programs like this that help our department make up the difference," noted Ruth Coleman, director, California State Parks.
A trustee of the California State Parks Foundation, Alvarez holds bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Virginia.
* California State Parks' PORTS program provides teachers with complete units of study and live videoconferences.
Personnel at each of the study sites (Hoopa Valley Indian Tribe, UC Reserve System, California State Parks, Bureau of Land Management, and private land owners) provided invaluable access and logistic support.
He has been with Anheuser Busch; California State Parks; California State Legislature and in the California Governor's office.
So he went to college, majored in forestry and found work in the California state parks system.
Project associates include Roberta Jewett, director of archaeological operations, and Breck Parkman, who coordinates the project for California State Parks. For the past fifteen years FRAP has researched the multi-ethnic colony of Fort Ross and has attempted to study the long-term effects of mercantile colonialism upon the colony's workers and laborers, as well as upon Native Californians within the region.
Jefferson (District Paleontologist, Colorado Desert District, California State Parks) and Lowell Lindsay (CEO and Publisher, Sunbelt Publications, San Diego, California), Fossil Treasures Of The Anza-Borrego Desert is an impressively informative collection enhanced with over 300 photographs, maps, tables, appendices, illustrations, and diagrams with useful, helpful and informative information on California's awe-inspiring Anza-Borrego State Park.
An active environmentalist, he currently serves as chairperson of the California State Parks Commission, one of the largest park systems in the United States.
It's rewarding to have refuge ideas supported and expanded upon by the creativity and expertise of the San Diego Zoo, Chula Vista Nature Center, and California State Parks. The backpack field curriculum and organization also owe much to the San Francisco Bay education programs that have existed for many years.

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