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earth from spacePlace: It’s Where You Are

Where are you right now?

What can you see?  Hear?  Touch?

What do your surroundings mean to you?

You are in a Place.

Each Place has an essential character or spirit. And your awareness and response to the Place gives you a "sense of place."

All history happens in a Place.

Place is so connected to our daily lives that sometimes we don’t notice it.  But the place we live in has a big effect on our lives—and we have a big effect on the place we live.

(You could say “Place: It’s Who You Are”)

Thinking about Place.

You can think about place in different ways, like:

u.s. map1. Political boundaries—cities, counties, states, countries




mountains2. Land—geography, landforms, plants, animals, climate.



rural landscape3. The built environment—all the things people have built.



women by water4. History—what happened here.


Get to know the Place where you live.

Try to answer a few questions:

1. Where do you live? How would you describe the place where you live? (Hit "Tab" to go to the next box)

2. What do you like about where you live? What don't you like?

3. What is the most prominent landform nearby?

4. Does the rain that falls here:

5. What was the land like before anything was built here? (what plants, animals, or people)

6. What American Indian tribe(s) used this land before settlers arrived?

7. How did they use the land?

8. When did the first Euro American settlers arrive?

9. How did the first settlers use the land?

10. What county do you live in?

11. About when was the house or building you live in built?

13. What other structures are close to your house?

(Want to see your house on a map? Go here and type in your address. To see the street view, grab the little man and drag him to your street on the map.)

14. Where are the oldest buildings in your town? Where are the newest?

16. What trees are near your house?  Are they native to Utah?

17. Where does the water you drink come from?

18. Do you live in a city? What are the boundaries of your city, roughly?

19. Are temperatures below 0 degrees very common where you live?

20. Are temperatures above 100 degrees very common where you live?

21. What else can you say about the place you live?

So--how many questions could you answer?

You may be very connected to your Place, or you may see that you have lots to learn. Today, see what you can learn about your Place, just by paying more attention. How would you describe your place to someone from, say, Kenya?