Our agenda for the January 7-9, 2009, Project Learning Tree, Project WET and Flying WILD workshop will address learning objectives 1-3, 5-11, 13 and 14 from the 2009 Envirothon topic Biodiversity in a Changing World. We have addressed 12 out of the 16 learning objectives with hands-on activities that you will take home. Along with the guides for PLT, WET and Flying WILD, you will receive the PLT Biodiversity module; the CD “Rot ‘N Roll”; Windows on the Wild student and educator guide on biodiversity; the book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingslover and much more. There is still room.
2009 Biodiversity in a Changing World
1. Students should know what biodiversity means.
2. They should know how soils, forestry, wildlife and aquatics are affected by biodiversity.
3. They should know when some event happens, which affects our natural world, how it will affect biodiversity. Example—Building a dam, a wildfire,
an oil spill, cutting a forest, etc.
4. They should know the definition of species, genetic and ecosystem biodiversity.
5. They should know the main causes of biodiversity loss and some solutions
to solving these losses.
6. They should know the benefits that we get from biodiversity.
7. They should be familiar with some of the main alien species and some of
the problems that they are causing.
8. They should know how small streams play a big role in maintaining
9. They should know how natural changes in our environment affect the
biodiversity of our world. Ex. Too much rain, drought, too hot, too cold,
10. They should be familiar what happens when an ecosystem collapses and
what can be the result of several ecosystems collapsing.
11. Why is plant conservation so important?
12. Where do most of our medicines come from?
13. How can biodiversity help our food supply?
14. How does pollutants affect our water/streams?
15. They should be familiar with the number of extinction periods that we have
had in the past and what caused them.
16. They should be familiar with climate change and how it is or may be
affecting our biodiversity.
Jennifer L. Turner
Certified Environmental Educator
Project Learning Tree State Coordinator
Firewise State Coordinator
Division of Forestry
627 Comanche Trail
Frankfort, KY 40601