Home Sweet Habitat

The Arboretum is home to many creatures. What do they need to survive? Students will discover the essential components of every habitat and will find out what happens when any of those components are missing or altered. Through games and activities, students will also explore the concepts of fluctuating wildlife populations and carrying capacity. A planting project is included.

Program length: 1 ½ - 2 hours

This program emphasizes the following Next Generation Science Standards:

ESS2.A: Earth materials and systems
LS1.A: Structure and function
LS1.B: Growth and development of organisms
LS1.C: Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms
LS1.D: Information Processing
LS2.A: Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
LS2.B: Cycles of matter and energy transfer in ecosystems
LS2.C: Ecosystem dynamics, functioning, and resilience
LS2.D: Social interactions and group behavior
LS3.A: Inheritance of traits
LS3.B: Variation of traits
LS4.B: Natural selection
LS4.D: Biodiversity and humans