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Prairie: Protecting the Biodiversity of an Empire of Grass

from Wind Cave National Park

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This unique area is the confluence of the east and west, the north and south; it is bursting with life. Within this empire of grass students will examine the lives of some of the unique animals living at Wind Cave: American bison, elk, pronghorn, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets to name a few. Students will investigate how all life, from producers (such as grasses) to consumers (like the bison) then to decomposers (as in dung beetles and fungi) are interconnected in the web of life. Students will assess how human population affects the Great Plains. 

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Length

45 minutes


Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Minimum participants:

10

Maximum participants:

75


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Sciences


Program Delivery Mode

Skype



Booking Information

Available mid-September - mid-April. Please allow at least 72 hours notice when scheduling a program.

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Please allow as much notice as possible to allow for others to participate. We are happy to work with you to reschedule the program as necessary!

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Wind Cave National Park

Hot Springs, South Dakota
United States

Wind Cave National Park protects an 155 mile long cave system below the surface and over 30,000 acres of natural mixed-grass prairie on the surface. Today the surface is home to bison, elk, pronghorn, prairie dogs, and the recently reintroduced black-footed ferret, while the complex maze cave below continues to be explored.

Contact:
Lorene Hynes
lorene_hynes@nps.gov
6057451132

Program Details

Format

1. This program begins with an explanation and exploration of what the National Park Service is.
2. We dive into the geography of the area
3. The core of the program covers the animals and plants that you might find on the prairie and the relationships that make this a unique ecosystem.
4. Videos and questioning of students will occur throughout the program.
5. Time for questions and answers will be allotted. If there are specific topics you'd like the ranger to cover please include that information in the reservation.

Objectives

-Examine the lives of unique species living at Wind Cave National Park
-Evaluate unique traits that species have inherited to adapt and survive in the great plains
-Investigate the interconnected web of life on the Great Plains
-Assess how human activity has altered the Great Plains and what science ideas can be used to protect and preserve the national park.