Arid Lands Management Trip to Hoover Dam

This spring, students in the Arid Lands Management class studied all aspects of the use of dams in the southwest. This included their construction, the different types, their important impact on our economy, agriculture, and lifestyle, and their environmental impacts. After exhaustive research and an opportunity to build model dams of their own and test them out, the students embarked on an overnight trip to see the Hoover Dam. It was an incredible opportunity to see and experience what they had been studying in class up close, and the tour guides were impressed with how much the students already knew and the questions they asked. After touring the dam, the students watched the documentary film “Dam Nation”, which presented an alternative viewpoint regarding dams and their negative environmental impact. After the trip, the students created a presentation about what they had learned prior to and during their trip, which they presented to the entire school.