Deer at Rock Creek

The National Park Service is culling local deer herds in Rock Creek Park in response to overpopulation. Students at Woodrow Wilson High School spoke to residents of D.C. to gather different perspectives on this method of species population control.

Produced by Olivia Toggas, Hope Johnson, Mark Jackson, and Maia Grieve at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington D.C. Instruction provided by SRL Connected Educator Kadesha Bonds. 

Special thanks to Rock Creek Park  for the opportunity to explore the natural, cultural and educational resources being preserved for visitors from around the country and world by the park and its rangers.

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