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The Sagebrush curriculum
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Educators have the opportunity to inspire the next generation of conservation stewards. Partner with us to touch the hearts and minds of tens of thousands of young people in grades 4 - 12 over the next decade by offering the Sagebrush Curriculum in your classroom.
Find a copy of the curriculum here: The Greater Sage-Grouse Ecosystem Curriculum
This curriculum was developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Engaging Every Student, Audubon Rockies, and other partners. Resources include lesson plans (aligned to standards for grades 4-12), educational trunks, short videos, posters, and access to experts available to visit your classroom and/or conduct field work.
The following PowerPoint presentations are designed to assist educators with implementing the lessons in the curriculum.
- Greater Sage-Grouse and the Sagebrush Ecosystem
- Fire! and the Sagebrush Ecosystem
- Succession in the Sagebrush Ecosystem
- Human Connections to the Sagebrush Sea
- Wildlife Restoration
These recorded webinars walk through the 10 lessons and additional resources for grades 4 - 12:
- Part 1: https://fws.rev.vbrick.com/#/videos/9f108688-9446-4dd3-ac70-69b9ee836535
- Part 2: https://fws.rev.vbrick.com/#/videos/94617002-24d1-4122-a216-d66dcb7e402d
The Web of Life
More than 350 species call the sagebrush ecosystem home. All are linked together in a food web.
To obtain free copies for your classroom or other educational purposes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your requested quantity and mailing address.
- Download a high resolution PDF suitable for printing
- Download an 8.5 x 11 inch letter-size for printing
The Sagebrush Steppe
This poster comes with an associated lesson plan by Audubon Rockies. It presents a seek and find of the flora and fauna found within the ecosystem on one side and trivia on the back. 18 x 24 inch posters are available by sending an email request to Jacelyn Downey with the quantity and mailing address.
The Sagebrush Ecosystem Trunk is a free resource that allows educators to set up learning stations with books, skulls, pelts, stuffed animals, and other resources that can be used in the classroom, at an educational event, or to table events like expos and festivals. There are also Get Outside! kits that enable kids to explore the sagebrush ecosystem with binoculars, insect viewers, nets, field guides, and outdoor games like scavenger hunts.
These streaming video resources can be used in the classroom to supplement the curriculum.
On Sage-Grouse and the Sagebrush Ecosystem
- “On a Sage-Grouse Lek” (1 minute), The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Bird Academy
- “Lek Cam” (live during lekking season, approximately March to May, 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. Pacific time), U.S. FWS and the Nature Conservancy
- The Sagebrush Sea (53 minutes), Nature, PBS & Cornell Lab of Ornithology
- Short clips from the film on PBS LearningMedia
- The Sagebrush Sea: Behind the Scenes at a Sage-Grouse Display Lek (4:42)
- The Sagebrush Sea: Food Web, simple online activity to support the film
- “Sage Advice for Sage Lands” (5 minutes), This American Land
- “Sage Grouse” (11 minutes), Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB), Oregon Field Guide
- “Body-popping sage grouse – Nature’s Greatest Dancers” (2:37), BBC
- Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Sage Grouse video library
- Restoring Native Plants, video and teacher’s guide from This American Land
- Sage Grouse Biology & Ecology webinar (55 minutes), Sage Grouse Initiative
School Programs: Learning about Sage-Grouse
- “Sage Grouse in The Schools – Emmett, Idaho” (3:34)
- “Borah High kids learn about sage grouse in Owyhee County” (5 min.), Life on the Range
Ranchers and Others Working to Protect Wildlife
- Jared Brackett – Ranching in a Fish Bowl in Idaho, Sage Grouse Initiative (6:30)
- Operation Sage-Grouse: NWF Connects Youth and Conservation, National Wildlife Federation Project
- The Sage Grouse Initiative Story (6:46), Sage Grouse Initiative (6:30)
- Saving Sage Grouse: The Wyoming Example (6:44), Sage Grouse Initiative
- Inmates Plant Sagebrush, Institute for Applied Ecology
The Sagebrush Ecosystem Community
- “Unraveling Sagebrush Community Change to Manage for Resilient Sage Grouse Habitats” (23 minutes), The Sage Grouse Initiative and the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center
- “Utah Sheep Improve Sage Grouse Habitat” (4:40). Utah Agriculture
- “The Sagebrush Community” (1:52). Idaho Fire Info.
- National Interagency Fire Center videos related to fire and sage-grouse:
- “Help This Habitat” (30 seconds)
- “Wildfires and Sage-grouse” (1:03)
- “Standing Up for Sage-grouse” (2:29)
- “Ripples” (1:32)
- “Ranchers hit hard by wildfires; How can we avoid them in the future?” (13:38). Life on the Range
- “Creating Fire Adapted Communities: A Case Study from Colorado Springs and the Waldo Canyon Fire” (12:10). National Fire Protection Association
- “Colorado Wildfire Destroys 1 Million Acres” (2 minute news coverage)
- “Mountain Home ranchers form Rangeland Fire Protection Association” (6:05). Life on the Range
- “Restoring the Land after the Pony and Elk Wildfires in Idaho” (13:33). Life on the Range