Rangeland Resources For Teachers and Students

March 26, 2014 Print Friendly and PDF

K-12 Teaching Resources

Science education in K-12 classrooms integrates concepts from a variety of disciplines, offering excellent teaching opportunities for enhancing young learner's awareness of natural ecosystems. No matter if you are a teacher from a rural or urban community, you can actively engage youth in classroom and outdoor activities focused on rangeland science. For example, subject areas include botany, ecology, soils, watersheds, wildlife, herbivory and grazing management, and human dimensions.

Below are a few examples of rangeland teaching resources, including curricula and programs. Just like land ownership and vegetation patterns vary from west to east and geographic region, keep in mind that rangeland ecological concerns also vary by region.

Teacher Continuing Education

Simply getting teaching resources into the hands of professional K-12 educators does not always lead to classroom implementation. We experience that teachers are much more comfortable teaching about rangeland science concepts when they have received training. Some universities offer summer continuing education opportunities and workshops focused on rangeland topics. If you are a teacher, you should check with your local university members of the Range Science Education Council, state and national teacher associations, state Rangeland Extension Specialists, or state agricultural program leaders.

Higher Education Resources

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.