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Educational Concepts to Teach on the Trail

Educational Concepts to Teach on the Trail

Food Webs

How plants and animals interact in a balance of predator and prey can be made evident by a good illustration pointing out a typical scenario. Food chains are clear views of who is eating who, but do not exist in isolation. In real life all food chains are really part of complex food webs.

Educational Concepts to Teach on the Trail

Keystone Species

Sometimes a species plays a significant role in an ecosystem. If it is removed from overharvesting, over-hunting or environmental changes, the whole habitat can be altered. It can be an interesting exercise to identify keystone species in the area and point them out. Even just species inter dependance is an interesting concept to consider. The Canadian lynx is dependant on snowshow hares for food. If there are fewer hares, the number of lynx will drop as well.

Educational Concepts to Teach on the Trail

Habitats Within An Ecosystem

Pointing out specific habitats can open up the eyes of visitors. i.e. A bog and a marsh are very different kinds of wetlands. The similarities and differences can be pointed out for students to note.

 

Educational Concepts to Teach on the Trail

Life Cycles

The changes throughout a creature’s life can be a fascinating study in natural history. Pointing out a particular creature, animal or plant, and following its life cycle can be a great educational tool. i.e. The complete vs. incomplete metamorphosis of insects.

Educational Concepts to Teach on the Trail

Citing Research References

When you research information you must cite the reference. Citing for websites is different from citing from books, magazines and periodicals. The style of citing shown here is from the MLA Style Citations (Modern Language Association).

When citing a WEBSITE the general format is as follows.
Author Last Name, First Name(s). "Title: Subtitle of Part of Web Page, if appropriate." Title: Subtitle: Section of Page if appropriate. Sponsoring/Publishing Agency, If Given. Additional significant descriptive information. Date of Electronic Publication or other Date, such as Last Updated. Day Month Year of access < URL >.

Here is an example of citing this page:

Amsel, Sheri. "Educational Concepts to Teach on the Trail" Exploring Nature Educational Resource ©2005-2017. February 21, 2017
< http://exploringnature.org/db/view/1120 >

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