Explorations

This website includes six exploration activities for students to complete, five of which present ecology concepts relevant to the tall grass prairie ecosystem, and one of which is highlights careers in ecology. Students may choose to work through the six ecosystem explorations in any order. Each topical exploration includes a video to introduce the topic, video viewing questions, a set of web-based text selections for deeper study, and text set questions. The career exploration includes a video and related web-based activities. Additional resources are listed on a separate page.

Fire
Fire

Learn how prescribed burns maintain a prairie ecosystem

Plant Diversity
Plant Diversity

Learn about the variety of species of plants that live on prairies

Soil

Learn about the importance of soil in a prairie ecosystem

Ecosystem Changes
Ecosystem Changes

Learn how an ecosystem changes over time

Competition
Competition

Learn about competition between grasses and trees on the prairie

Career in Ecology
Careers in Ecology

Learn about different careers available in the field of Ecology