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The High Plains: Land of Extremes
This website is dedicated to the High Plains: Land of Extremes Exercise. This exercise covers the physical features of the High Plains (or Great Plains), the grasses and plants of the area, prairie dog ecosystems, riparian areas, mining, management, water resources, and fire cycles. Student activities are based on the study of groundwater movement, energy resources, wind energy, and riparian areas. A debate allows students to understand the viewpoints of different interest groups in considering whether the black-footed ferret should be reintroduced onto public lands. On this Starting Point page, teachers can find learning goals, teaching notes and tips, teaching materials, assessment hints and references and resources dealing with this exercise. It also describes the context in which the exercise is best used.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Guide for instructor
Subject:
  • Biology
  • Ecology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-STARTINGPOINT-000-000-000-268
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Ranel Stephenson Capron
Bureau of Land Managment, Environmental Education & Volunteers Group, Wyoming State Office

Author: Richard Brook
Bureau of Land Managment

Author: Elizabeth Rieben
Bureau of Land Managment