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    National Park Service Symbols

    National Park Service Symbols

    Students learn how the design of the National Park Service arrowhead is made up of symbols then have a chance to create their own design.

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    To Eat or Be Eaten

    To Eat or Be Eaten

    In “To Eat or Be Eaten,” students demonstrate energy transfer and connections between plants and animals.

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    Making Tracks

    Making Tracks

    Students will explore the similarities and differences between their tracks and those of wolves and bears.

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    Waters of Life: Survey of a Riparian Area

    Waters of Life: Survey of a Riparian Area

    Students investigate plant and animal life in and around a creek. Students work in groups, with each group member performing a different task: observing, recording, mapping, classifying. Finally, the team puts the information together to make conclusions about the ecological connections that exist within the area surveyed.

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    Dueling Mandates

    Dueling Mandates

    Using dilemma cards describing some of the issues affecting Yellowstone National Park, students work in small groups to consider management issues that meet both of the conflicting mandates that the National Park Service must follow.

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    Painting 1000 Words

    Painting 1000 Words

    Students examine historic Yellowstone artwork and discover the influential “voices” of painter Thomas Moran and photographer William H. Jackson. Students then give voice to their own Yellowstone experiences through watercolors and photographs.

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    Landscaping with Wind and Water

    Landscaping with Wind and Water

    Students demonstrate the destructive forces of erosion on small “mountains” and survey an area in the park, such as Lamar Valley, to identify evidences of erosion. Students interview a petrified tree in its natural setting to learn more about the changing landscape of Yellowstone.

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    Invent an Animal

    Invent an Animal

    Students work collaboratively to create fictitious animals in order to understand adaptations that help wildlife survive among various habitats throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

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    A Bear’s Menu

    A Bear’s Menu

    Working in small groups, students examine the feeding habits of bears and draw pictures to show what bears do in spring, summer, fall, and winter. Students use a small pattern of a grizzly bear and increase its scale to construct a full-size silhouette in order to appreciate the bear’s size.

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    Camouflage

    Camouflage

    This active game may be used to introduce the concepts of predator prey dynamics as well as adaptations. Students love playing this game.

Did You Know?

Upper Geyser Basin Hydrothermal Features on a Winter Day.

Yellowstone contains approximately one-half of the world’s hydrothermal features. There are over 10,000 hydrothermal features, including over 300 geysers, in the park.