The learner was introduced to the concept of endangered species and habitats and conducted classroom, library and internet research into these subjects. The learner was introduced to the animals, plants and habitats of five continents available for viewing by participating in a team field trip to the San Diego Wild Animal Park at San Pasqual. The learner maintained a trip log as a form of field journal and was tasked with creating a word processed essay upon return to school.
The learner was provided with extra credit opportunities based upon the various flora and fauna observed, as well as being required to create a map of the field trip activities. As a mathematical extension activity, the learner created a "wild animal park" balancing the numbers of various fauna based upon their feeding and grazing requirements.