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    New River Gorge

    National River West Virginia

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Program Description
Students explore the ecosystem concept. Students role play the parts of an ecosystem and work together to build a food chain, food web, or web of life. Students visualize how living things interact with each other and with the non-living parts of the ecosystem. A series of hands-on activities contributes to their effective learning.

Available to schools in:
Fayette, Greenbrier, Monroe, Nicholas, Raleigh & Summers counties

Grade Level:

Program Length:
1 hour

Each living thing is connected to other living and non-living parts of its environment.

Instructional Objectives:

1. Name the living and non-living parts of an ecosystem

2. Describe how the living parts of an ecosystem are connected through a food chain or food web

3. State one way that he or she as an individual can have a positive or negative ecosystem effect


WV Content Standards met:
History/Social Sciences - SS.3.4.6, SS.3.4.7
Science/Technology - SC.3.3.1, SC.3.3.2, SC.3.4.4, SC.3.6.3

Did You Know?

AMTRAK train at Thurmond, WV

You can "catch a train" to visit the park! The AMTRAK Cardinal travels through New River Gorge on its route from New York, NY to Chicago, IL.