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7th grade programs

How many Bears can live in this forest? Students will define a limiting factor and describe how limiting factors affect animal populations.  Students become bears to look for one or more component of habitat during this physically involved activity. 

Oh Deer!  Students will play a game to understand carrying capacity and recognize that populations fluctuate as a natural ecological system. 

Checks and Balances: Students will become managers of a herd of animals in a conceptual and discussion based activity and identify at least four factors that can affect the size of a wildlife population.

Migration Headache: Students will play a game that helps students define migration, list limiting factors which are natural and human caused.  Predict the effects of habitat loss and degradation on population of shorebirds.

Water Canaries: What are the water Canaries telling you about local water quality?  Students will use indicators such as pH, water temperature, and the presence of a diversity of organism.

Energy Pipeline: Students will simulate organic production and energy loss from major trophic levels in an ecosystem.  The class acts as a growth assembly line that becomes increasing complex with each round of play.

Wetland Mitigation:  Students will look over a mitigation plan done in Washington court House and analyze the effect of the plan.

Giant Armadillo: Home Range and fragmentation:  Students will complete activities to discuss what home range and habitat fragmentation mean to armadillos and wildlife in Fayette County

Watershed model and groundwater model:  Students will get an opportunity to look at a watershed model and discuss all the possible pollutants that can end up in the stream.   We will go over ways in which conservation practice can help stop pollutants from entering the stream.