Monday, June 13, 2011

Interp Fun...

While I was at home sick, a co-worker, Mike, changed our desktop wallpaper into a unicorn with a rainbow. Apparently they were joking around about it, then Mike made the comment, "Kim should do a program about unicorns and rainbows!" I heard all this yesterday, so during my break, I sat down at the computer and came up with a program outline, complete with theme, goal and objectives. Even a conclusion! So....I thought I would share that here, in case anyone is interested in an interpretive program (slide show?) about Unicorns and Rainbows...specifically, the Desert Unicorn...

Title: The Desert Unicorn (Unicornus albofurgoldhornii)

Theme: Unicorns can only be found on the Colorado Plateau during afternoon thunderstorms that produce rainbows.

Goal: To introduce and describe the rare Desert Unicorn.


  • Visitors will be able to describe a Desert Unicorn
  • Visitors will understand where, when and who will be able to view a Desert Unicorn
Props: pictures of the Desert Unicorn, its natural habitat and food that it eats; fossilized horn fragments, fur samples.

Program Introduction:

  • Welcome to Dead Horse Point State Park!
  • Park facts
  • Who I am

Introduction to the Desert Unicorn:

  • Unicorns have been reported in historical writings since the time of Ancient Greece.
  • Unicorns (other species) have been seen worldwide.
  • The Desert Unicorn is a unique species, only visible during summer afternoon thunderstorms that produce thunder, lightning and rainbows.
  • Legend has it that Unicorn horns have medicinal properties, but this has been proven to be false.
  • Leonardo da Vinci wrote about Unicorns, specifically, how to trap one.
  • Similar animals include the Narwhal, Oryx and Eland.
  • Desert Unicorns are endemic to the Colorado Plateau.
Relevance of Rainbows:

  • Desert Unicorns cannot handle the extreme heat of the desert during summer. The coolness of an afternoon thunderstorm creates perfect conditions for their arrival to the desert.
  • Thunderstorms provide valuable drinking water to most animals living on the Colorado Plateau, including the Desert Unicorn.
  • Desert Unicorn use rainbows as camouflage—their predators include but are not limited to: humans, mountain lion, coyote, black bear and mule deer. Gnats, or no-see-ums love to prey on Desert Unicorn blood.
  • Desert Unicorns are rare, unique creatures that call the Colorado Plateau home. Very few lucky visitors will ever see one in their lifetimes.
  • Unicorns are common throughout history, but remain shrouded in myth and legend.
  • Desert Unicorns are similar to more commonly seen desert animals. They need water, shelter from the sun and love to keep them alive.

I didn't take this picture...I wish I did! But I found it on


Gilbrides said...

Wow, great job! It seems you are a pro at creating programs. I would absolutely take this program! :)

Patricia Lichen said...

Next project: "A Field Guide to the Desert Rainbow Unicorn" by Ranger Kim ($14.95).