Cal­i­for­nia parks reach dig­i­tal ac­cess mile­stone

Lodi News-Sentinel - - PAGE TWO - — Kyla Cathey

SACRA­MENTO — Cal­i­for­nia State Parks has reached a ma­jor mile­stone in pro­vid­ing kinder­garten through 12th grade stu­dents with dig­i­tal ac­cess to parks across the state.

The PORTS pro­gram — short for Parks On­line Re­sources for Teach­ers and Stu­dents — takes stu­dents on “vir­tual field trips” to parks across the state. Stu­dents re­ceive live video guid­ance from a park ranger, who can an­swer their ques­tions in real time.

“For many of these stu­dents, it is the first time get­ting a glimpse of the gi­ant red­woods or tour­ing a gold rush ghost town. Our vir­tual field trips are in­tended to give stu­dents that have lim­ited ac­cess to our parks the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage with our ex­pert staff and help deepen the learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence within, and be­yond the class­room en­vi­ron­ment,” Cal­i­for­nia State Parks Di­rec­tor Lisa Man­gat said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the PORTS pro­gram, visit www.ports.parks. or join state parks staff for a livestream from Columbia State His­toric Park at 10 a.m. to­day at www.face­ Cal­i­for­ni­aS­tateParks.

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