Introducing our collaborative digital story Landmarks for Life
For our collaborative mobile story, we decided to get out into nature and visit a local landmark. Each of us created, edited, and narrated our own videos using images and video that we captured while visiting the landmarks. The final video edit was done by Stephanie Ali.
Digital Story Title: Landmarks for Life
Team Members: Aurora Thornton (Team Lead) Stephanie Ali (Video editor) Shante Pierson (Script Writer)
Scenes: Saratoga Spa State Park, Edible Arbor Trail, and Norfolk Botanical Gardens
Media Used: Narration, original images, video, audio, text, sound effects (Saratoga Spa State Park images courtesy of parks.ny.gov)
Tools: iMovie, Garage Band
Digital Story Duration: 3 minutes 25 seconds
Saratoga Spa State Park is considered to be one of New York States most scenic outdoor locations, which distinguished by its classical architecture. Listed as a National Historic Landmark, Saratoga Spa State Park has a multitude of recreational activities that the entire family can enjoy. During our first visit to Saratoga Spa State Park, my family and I enjoyed some time at Peerless Pool, but our favorite place was the playground located next to the newly updated Polaris Pavilion
What I enjoyed the most about coming to this playground is that there are a bunch of different activities that the children can enjoy but there are also opportunities for learning as well. As you can see there are different posts around the park that give bits and pieces of information about the nature that is all around us. Some of the posts describe the flowers, some of the posts described the insects that may be buzzing around. Saratoga Spa State Park is a beautiful place to visit and I am definitely looking forward to making many more trips there with my family.
Edible Arbor Trail, this award-winning path runs through Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter featuring several groves of hardy trees and shrubs that produce edible fruits and nuts along Missouri City’s Oyster Creek Trail in Texas.
Thank you nature! You are the tree of life. You are the natural resource that provides oxygen, food, and medicine. Thank you for improving our air and water quality. Most importantly, we thank you for making our homes.
The Norfolk Botanical Gardens have over 60 different gardens to explore, including a children’s garden and gardens for every season. They also host various events and activities, such as yoga, bike nights, and kayaking. They have various adult and children’s horticultural classes and experiments with different themes, so there’s something for everyone!
The Garden also has art installations spread throughout the gardens dating back to the 1950s. The garden started in 1938 when horticulturist Frederic Heutte partnered with city manager Thomas P. Thompson to create an azalea garden that would rival those in Charleston, South Carolina. The city of Norfolk gave them 75-acres of land to plant their azaleas.
Today, the garden includes 175 acres, a butterfly garden, and boat tours through the canals – which are visited by over 20,000 adults and children annually.
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Norfolk Botanical Garden (2018 August 9) Norfolk Botanical Garden. Retrieved from http://norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/
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