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Rocky Mountain Ecosystem Explorers- FREE

from Rocky Mountain National Park

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Due to changes in elevation, precipitation, and temperature within Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), the ecosystems found here are extremely diverse. From snow capped peaks to open meadows, RMNP is an ideal place to study biodiversity. 


Students will research one of Rocky's four ecosystems prior to connecting with an education ranger and present their findings during the live program. Rangers will elaborate on each ecosystem, showing videos and images from each ecosystem.

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About This Program

Cost

Point to Point: $0.00
Point to Point Premium: $0.00

FREE!



Length

1 hour


Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5

Minimum participants:

5

Maximum participants:

35


Primary Disciplines

Sciences


Program Delivery Mode

Zoom



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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please notify us a week prior to connecting if you won't be able to make the scheduled program time- this ensures we can do our best to fit in other schools from our waiting list.

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Estes Park, CO
United States

Rocky Mountain National Park's 415 square miles encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments in northern Colorado. Through utilizing basic video conferencing platforms, students across the country (and the world!) can bring Rocky Mountain National Park into their classroom! Whether your students are investigating the four ecosystems of Rocky, researching ranger opportunities, or delving into the fascinating world of winter, they're sure to have a memorable one-on-one experience with a ranger. Rocky's education program is proud to have developed this new way to connect with students that otherwise may never have had the opportunity to visit Rocky Mountain National Park. We look forward to expanding the reach of these programs to inspire students, our future park stewards.

Contact:
Kathryn Ferguson
rmnpeducationranger@gmail.com
970-586-1338

Program Details

Format

1. The program begins with an introduction to the National Park Service and its emblem.
2. The ranger then introduces Rocky Mountain National Park and its ecosystems with a video.
3. We then discuss what an ecosystem is made of.
4. Students then are invited to come up to the camera one group at a time to discuss the ecosystem they researched.
5. The ranger will then elaborate on each presentation, showing supplementary videos and images.
6. Lastly, once students have built the whole mountain of ecosystems, we discuss biodiversity.
7. Time is allowed for questions for the ranger.

Objectives

Name at least 5 animals that call Rocky Mountain home
Answer questions about their selected ecosystem regarding temperature, elevation, precipitation, and animals present
Draw connections between Rocky Mountain and their home environment
Demonstrate research skills and organization
Describe the role of biodiversity in the health of ecosystems
Recognize the role of the NPS in preserving natural areas.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) (National Academy of Sciences)

NGSS-2-LS4-1: Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
NGSS-5-LS2-1: Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
NGSS-5-ESS2-1: Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.
NGSS-MS-LS2-2: Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
NGSS-MS-LS2-3: Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.

State Standards

Colorado State Academic Standards (CSAS)

SC09-GR.4-S.2-GLE.3-IQ.1,2,4
SC09-GR.4-S.2-GLE.3-EO. b,c
SC09-GR.6-S.2-GLE.1-IQ.1
SC09-GR.6-S.2-GLe.1-EO.d