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The Fragile Fringe: A Guide for Teaching About Coastal Wetlands
This guide is intended to provide a basis from which a comprehensive study of coastal wetlands can be developed by teachers for their classrooms. It includes lessons and hands-on activities for students on the location and distribution of wetlands, the role of the Mississippi River in the formation of coastal wetlands, their beneficial functions, and issues associated with loss of wetlands. A glossary, references and reading list, and an appendix containing illustrations to accompany the lessons are also provided.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Guide for instructor
    • Lesson plan
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Information presented on this web site is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credit is requested.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-002-986
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: United States Geological Survey (USGS)
National Wetlands Research Center

Contact: Mary Anne Townson
Department of Natural Resources
State of Louisiana