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Riparian Review - Stream Side Science. Time Frame 1 class periods of 70 minutes each Summary In this exercise, students will identify and observe biotic factors in a riparian ecosystem, which is the green strip of vegetation alongside a waterbody; they will measure the types of vegetation at the water’s edge, the function of plants as ground cover and canopy cover, and observe the wildlife in the area.

Riparian Review - Stream Side Science

Materials Flagging Measuring tapes* Ocular tubes* Copies of the student worksheets (pdf) Copies of the riparian zone instruction sheets (pdf) Copies of wildlife observation instruction sheets (pdf) Wildlife checklists (pdf) (optional) Clip boards Pencils Plant guides (pdf) (optional) * For information on equipment for loan or for purchase, contact USU Water Quality Extension at (435) 797-2580 or Background for Teachers. Water Filtration Challenge Activity. Grade5 ELSI NGSS Final Draft UnitPlan.

Ecology and Environmental Education. Environmental Education for California California Environmental Resources Evaluation System - CERES is an information system developed by the California Resources Agency to facilitate access to a variety of electronic data describing California's rich and diverse environments California Resources Agency -The California Resources Agency is responsible for the conservation, enhancement, and management of California's natural and cultural resources, including land, water, wildlife, parks, minerals, and historic sites.

Ecology and Environmental Education

California Energy Commission - The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency, charged with ensuring a reliable and affordable energy supply. It offers lesson materials on energy and energy conservation. National Resources for Environmental Education Environmental Protection United States National Park System: Links to U.S. Ap14 envi sci scoring guidelines. Carbon Cycle ( Read ) How could releasing this much pollution into the atmosphere not be a poor idea?

Carbon Cycle ( Read )

Burning of fossil fuels, such as oil, releases carbon into the atmosphere. This carbon must be cycled - removed from the atmosphere - back into living organisms, or it stays in the atmosphere. Increased carbon in the atmosphere contributes to the greenhouse effect on Earth. The Carbon Cycle Flowing water can slowly dissolve carbon in sedimentary rock. The Carbon Cycle. Why is recycling carbon important?

Carbon in the Atmosphere Though carbon can be found in ocean water, rocks and sediment and other parts of the biosphere, the atmosphere may be the most recognizable reservoir of carbon. Carbon in Carbon Dioxide Carbon cycles quickly between organisms and the atmosphere. At Schools. To help reconnect today's children to the outdoors, the National Wildlife Federation assists schools in developing outdoor classrooms called Schoolyard Habitats®, where educators and students learn how to attract and support local wildlife.

At Schools

The National Wildlife Federation’s K-12, Nature Play, and Campus Ecology programs provide steps for creating habitat and outdoor classrooms at your place of learning, as well as showcasing how the habitat can be used for cross disciplinary learning. Children in day care centers and preschools, nature centers, and thousands of students in grades K-12, along with parents, university students, teachers, administrators, community members, and volunteers have created unique habitat gardens and living learning laboratories nationwide. Certify - Certified Wildlife Habitat. Biodiversity Teaching Materials » Blog. Biodiversity: Research Professional Development Materials Assessments Scientist Leila Desotelle talks with students about stream macro-invertebrates at Kellogg Biological Station.

Biodiversity Teaching Materials » Blog

Target Grades: Middle School and High School (modification suggestions for each level are included) Description:Students will explore functional and taxonomic diversity in a stream ecosystem, learn about food web relationships, and learn about the ways in which abiotic and biotic factors determine what organisms are present in a community. Students will make and install leaf packs in a stream, wait for the leaf packs to be colonized by stream organisms, measure abiotic variables that could influence leaf pack colonization, retrieve the leaf packs and classify the organisms they find in both taxonomic and functional ways, and discuss how the leaf pack community is situated within a larger ecosystem.

Assessments — Assessments include student tests, teacher tests, and interview protocols. Alien Invasion High School - Natchez Trace Parkway (U.S. National Park Service) Grade Level:

Alien Invasion High School - Natchez Trace Parkway (U.S. National Park Service)

Invasive Species Game Lesson. Earth Awareness Lesson Plan: What's Your Cause? Grade: 03 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.

Earth Awareness Lesson Plan: What's Your Cause?

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.8. Invasive Species Lesson Plan: The Invasion Game. Invasive Species Unit - Mr. Smit: Life Sciences For SHS. 1 2. Environmental Monitoring - Hands on the Land. Teaching Resources. A National Network of Field Classrooms - Hands on the Land. LTER Education Library. Schoolyard LTER Program. In the Harvard Forest Schoolyard LTER program, teachers learn about and initiate ecology research in their classrooms and schoolyards.

Schoolyard LTER Program

More than 3,500 students each year learn to collect data on important long-term ecological issues and processes. Student data are then shared on the Harvard Forest website. The Harvard Forest is part of a national network of sites that support K-12 teachers and students in hands-on ecological research. Research Projects. Students participate in authentic, field-based research projects that address important, current environmental issues.Professional Development Workshops and Online Resources.



Bird Biology. Click on the article title below to read.

Bird Biology

How Do Birds Survive Winter? : Get some winter survival tips and tricks from the birds.Bald Birds: Why are you may see “bald” birds ? Learn more about the molting process, which can occur after a long migration.Window Crash: Learn how you can help save birds from deadly window strikes.Birds Across Changing Seasons: No matter the season, give the content you’re teaching a “bird’s eye view.”American Robins: Signs of Spring? Some Animals Are More Equal than Others: Keystone Species and Trophic Cascades.

Teacher Resources - Teachers. Keystone species. The sea star Pisaster ochraceus, the original keystone species, feeds preferentially on mussels on northeast Pacific rocky shores.

Keystone species

By doing so, the predatory sea star prevents mussels from taking over the entire shore and allows less competitive species to persist, thus enhancing local species diversity. (Source: Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal Network) A keystone species is a species that exerts an impact on its community that is both strong and disproportionate to its abundance. The keystone analogy refers to the architectural element at the apex of an arch that locks the other pieces into position, and is used colloquially to refer to the supporting element of a larger structure.

The sea otter Enhydra lutris can be considered a keystone predator because its voracious feeding on herbivorous sea urchins allows kelps to flourish along the rocky coast, along with an entire ecosystem associated with these large marine plants. Further Reading. Biodiversity. 10thingsforbiodiversity. Earth Day Every Day - Home. Nature Works Everywhere. Creating Chains and Webs to Model Ecological Relationships. The Habitable Planet. All Landscapes.