Presenter: Dora McKeever
Phone 760-252-6101, extension 6033
Days Available: Monday through Friday, 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Overview: Students learn about endangered species and scientific methods through a hands-on survey of fish living in a pond.
Content: Mojave Tui Chub were designated as an endangered species after scientists found they lived in only one place...at Zzyzx Desert Studies Center. Students learn about the concept of endangered species and how scientists have established new populations of this rare desert fish. Students learn about the scientific method by conducting a survey of fish in the pond. Each participant measures and weighs a fish and records their results. The combined data collected by the students represents a scientific survey.
Grades Intended: 4th - 10th
Materials Needed: None, materials are provided
Time Needed: 1 hour
Program Organization: This program is taught at the Desert Discovery Center in Barstow, California. Several classroom teachers and their students from one school often attend together to make the bus ride more economical (for example, all 5th grade classes), then rotate through several programs. Learn more about the Desert Discovery Center.
Curriculum Topics Covered: Ecosystems, web of life/food chain, preservation/conservation, safety, National Park System
Locations Available: Desert Discovery Center in Barstow, California