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Education Curriculums

The Greenway Education Program offers seven curriculums for 4th-12th grade students in King County.

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Curriculum Description

Suggested Grade Level

Forest Ecosystems broadens students' understanding of the connections between the parts of a Pacific Northwest forest. Photosynthesis and the role of producers, consumers and decomposers is explored. Participants study natural and human-caused impacts on the environment.

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4th-7th

Earth Underfoot (NEW!) spotlights the Earth's major systems - the geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere - and how they interact to create the landscape in which we live.

Earth Underfoot teaching materials coming soon.

4th-8th

Restoring the Balance inspects the impact of invasive plants on the landscape. Students identify native and invasive plants found in Pacific Northwest forests in preparation for a stewardship event. At the stewardship event students may remove invasive plant species, plant native trees and shrubs, or work in our native plant nursery. This curriculum is only offered as an in-class lesson paired with a stewardship event.

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4th-12th

What is a Greenway? teaches about the challenge in choosing land use goals for our beautiful natural lands and how to make personal and collective decisions. A dynamic 15-minute video introduces the concept of greenways, then a Greenway educator will teach an in-class lesson to encourage students to consider all sides of the issue. This curriculum is offered as an in-class lesson only.

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4th-12th

Forests and Fins focuses on stream ecology and the life cycle of salmon. During the in-class lesson, students complete a mock stream survey to prepare them for their field study trip, where they will work in small groups to analyze four components of stream health: the riparian zone, macro-invertebrates, water quality, and stream channel.

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5th-8th

Forests on the Edge inspires dialogue among students. Students are encouraged to answer the question: "What is the best way to use the remaining forest lands that border urban areas?" Students are divided into groups and, after completing a hands-on activity, give presentations to advocate their views.

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5th-8th

Biodiversity Project describes the individual threads that make up the web of life. In general, the greater the biodiversity in an ecosystem, the more resilient that ecosystem is to changes in environmental conditions. Through hands-on field observation and data collection, this lesson aims to engage students in an ongoing research project to evaluate and track the health of Lake Sammamish State Park based on levels of biodiversity present.

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9th-12th

 

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