Adapt to survive: Howell's Alkali Grass - Free!

by  Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

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Howell's Alkali Grass, Puccinella Howellii, is amazing survivor due to the adaptations it has developed to live in harsh conditions like rough terrain and bad water. This grass was only identified as a unique species in 1990! This plant is also an endemic species and lives nowhere else on the earth. Together we will explore Howell's Alkali Grass, what makes it so incredible, adaptations, and why all species are important and need to be protected.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $0.00



30 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod

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Primary Disciplines

Problem Solving, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

Microsoft Teams

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Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Whiskeytown, CA
United States

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is a 42,000 acre site located in Northern California, 10 miles from Redding. We have diverse ecosystems ranging from oak scrubland to dense coniferous forests. Our elevation ranges from about 600 feet (200 meters) and climbs to over 6000 feet (2000 meters). This all creates an incredible location for a huge range in plants and wildlife and recreation opportunities. Whiskeytown's virtual programs serve the National Park Service mission by helping others enjoy these lands and by teaching about the unique ecosystems, geology and history. Join us in real time with a ranger to learn about Whiskeytown!

Please contact us if you have any questions about program topics or making programs accessible for all participants.

At this time our virtual programs are on rather limited due to limited staffing and moving into our summer visitation season. We look forward to hosting regular virtual programs again in September!

Tyler Compton

Program Details


1. Whiskeytown Rocks begins with a brief introduction to Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and the presenting ranger.
2. We then discuss what an endemic species is
3. Next we cover the Howell's Alkali Grass and its history
4. After that we discuss adaptations
5. Finally we explore the importance of protecting species.
6 Remaining time will be used answer any participant questions.


In this program participants will:
- define endemic, adaptation and niche
- learn the importance of individual species in an ecosystem
- create personal concepts about protecting our environment

Standards Alignment

National Standards

LS2A 3-5 -- Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
LS2A 6-8 -- Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
LS4C 3-5 -- Adaptation
LS4C 6-8 -- Adaptation
LS4D 3-5 -- Biodiversity and humans
LS4D 6-8 -- Biodiversity and humans