Lesson Plan

"What's So Special?"                Environment: 4-6 Grade

Ranger Greg and students in a Pine Rocklands habitat


Students will draw a favorite plant, animal, or activity common to the Everglades environment and explain, in writing, the reason they chose it. This will help students recognize and identify one valuable aspect of a national park’s environment, and draw conclusions as to why they value that aspect of the environment.


The Everglades is many different things to many people: an escape from their urban habitat; a place to photograph, canoe, or fish; a place for bird watching; a place of beauty, of peace; a place to see "dangerous" animals. Encouraging students to discover what they value in our national parks is a first step toward a commitment to preserving this part of our South Florida environment. This exercise will help students identify those values, and share them with their peers.

Additional Resources




Everglades, biodiversity, environment, values