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Explore the Outdoors

Explore the Outdoors

Introduction

Visit a nearby ecosystem (ex. backyard, city park) and record your observations about the different organisms you discover there.


Select eight different species to sketch and take notes on. See if you can find or make any direct
connection between the different species you observe.

Type/Location of Ecosystem: ________________________________________

Species #1 Species #2

 

 

 

 

 

Type: (circle one)                                                                           Type: (circle one)
animal / plant / insect / other                                                       animal / plant / insect / other

Description/Features:                                                                   Description/Features:

 

 


How it uses the ecosystem:                                                        How it uses the ecosystem:

 

 



How it might relate to other species:                                         How it might relate to other species:

 

 

 

Species #3 Species #4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Type: (circle one)                                                                           Type: (circle one)
animal / plant / insect / other                                                       animal / plant / insect / other

Description/Features:                                                                   Description/Features:

 

 


How it uses the ecosystem:                                                        How it uses the ecosystem:

 

 



How it might relate to other species:                                         How it might relate to other species:

 

 

 

Species #5 Species #6

 

 

 

 

 

Type: (circle one)                                                                           Type: (circle one)
animal / plant / insect / other                                                       animal / plant / insect / other

Description/Features:                                                                   Description/Features:

 

 


How it uses the ecosystem:                                                        How it uses the ecosystem:

 

 



How it might relate to other species:                                         How it might relate to other species:

 

 

 

Species #7 Species #8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Type: (circle one)                                                                           Type: (circle one)
animal / plant / insect / other                                                       animal / plant / insect / other

Description/Features:                                                                   Description/Features:

 

 


How it uses the ecosystem:                                                        How it uses the ecosystem:

 

 



How it might relate to other species:                                         How it might relate to other species:

 

 

 

Bonus Question: Is the ecosystem you are visiting in good health? What kinds of
things may threaten it’s biodiversity in the future?

 

 

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