South Platte Park offers this field trip to school classes and other large groups interested in discovering how the pieces of a nature's jigsaw puzzle fit together to create an ecosystem. Students use an interactive river model then hike to explore a real river ecosystem. They seek out clues of the food web, report to each other about the non-living components, and watch natural processes change an ecosystem. The program in ~2 hours long and geared toward 3rd-5th grade learners.
State Standards covered include: erosion concepts, abiotic and biotic interactions, and habitat comparisons. All learning is inquiry-based and hands-on!
- NAAEE Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education
- Questioning, Analysis and Interpretation Skills
- Knowlege of Environmental Processes and Systems
- Colorado Academic Standards
- Standard: 2. Life Science
- Standard: 3. Earth Systems Science
- 21st Century Learning Framework
- Learning and Innovation Skills