Colorado Front Range GK-12 : connecting kids & ecology


Cathy Fromme Prairie Project

Students from Rocky Mountain High School visit the Cathy Fromme Prairie in south Fort Collins each spring and fall. The students compare the composition and canopy height of prairie vegetation on and off prairie dog towns. A Daubenmeir frame is used to estimate the percent cover of four functional groups (grass, forb, shrub, cactus).



Pawnee Buttes Fieldtrip

Students from Northridge High School visited the Pawnee Buttes in November 2005. Students hiked to the West Butte and learned about the local geology, history and learned to track ecological data with a GPS unit.



Prairie Dog Project

The team at S. Christa McAuliffe Elementary is creating materials to facilitate child-driven experiences on the prairie. The group is working on a video to bring the prairie to schools that don't have the funds to travel to the Pawnee National Grassland or other remnant prairies.


Lesson Plans for Prairie Ecology - Elementary - Middle - High School


WWW GK-12 Website

This project material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DGE0086443. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


Principal Invesitigator for the Colorado Front Range GK12 is John Moore and Co-PI's are Dave Swift, Bill Hoyt, Carol Seemueller, and Ray Tschillard. For more information contact Kim Melville-Smith.

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