Ecology 1: Food Craze

by  Discovery Center of Springfield

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Become an ecologist and uncover the many ways organisms interact with
their environment and other organisms. Dissect an owl pellet,
investigate the food chain through predatory and prey relationships,
competition and population growth virtual lab. Compare the skulls of
different organisms and identify how they acquire their energy.

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About This Program


By Request: $220.00

Each Ecology kit provides 6 owl pellets for a class of 30 students. Additional owl pellets are $2.50 each.

Fee includes shipping.

Class sizes over 30 will have a fee of $5 per additional student over 30 to cover extra materials provided.


60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 2, 3, 4, 5

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

30 students

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Booking Information

Please allow 1 month advance notice when choosing your preferred date. We need time for shipping kits and time for scheduling and completing a test prior to the program.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

1 weeks' notice for cancellation is requested otherwise full program fees will be charged.

About This Provider

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Discovery Center of Springfield

Springfield, MO
United States

Our mission is to inspire curiosity and a life-long love of learning through memorable and engaging hands-on experiences in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education.

Erin Jaeger
417-862-9910 ext.726

Program Details


1. Dissect on owl pellet using the bones to determine the prey using a dichotomous key.
2. Discuss predator-prey relations.
3. Discuss predator and prey adaptations using animal skulls.


1. Students will define biodiversity and apply knowledge of food chains, food webs, energy pyramids and niches in ecosystems.
2. Students will dissect an owl pellet and utilize a dichotomous key.
3. Students will identify the three types of teeth and determine an animal's role in an ecosystem.
4. Students will engage in a discussion on predator and prey adaptations.
5. Students will engage in a discussion on population control and predator-prey dynamics.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Meets Next Generation Science Standards

State Standards

Meets Next Generation Science Standards