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Tools for Educators

The Sagebrush curriculum

Information icon Ominous clouds roll across a sea of Sagebrush at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Tom Koerner, USFWS.

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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.

Image shows the cover of the Sagebrush Ecosystem Teacher's Guide for grades 4 to 12. The top of the Cover page says Inquiry, Exploration and Service learning in the Sagebrush Ecosystem. The bottom of the cover page says Teacher's Guide Grades 4 to 12. The cover shows an image with six smaller images. From top left, clockwise, the images show a Golden Eagle, a tree, two Sage-grouse one male and one female, a Sagebrush plant, three Sagebrush Thrashers, and two Mule Deer one adult and one fawn
Front Page of Sagebrush Ecosystem Curriculum. Credit: USFWS.

How to Use the Sagebrush Ecosystem Curriculum


The following PowerPoint presentations are designed to assist educators with implementing the lessons in the curriculum.

These recorded webinars walk through the 10 lessons and additional resources for grades 4 - 12:


Posters

The Web of Life

A poster shows the intricate web of life in the Sagebrush Ecosystem. Each animal is connected to the ecosystem in various relationships, and humans are shown to impact the ecosystem as well. The bottom of the poster suggests how to preserve the sagebrush habitat by learning, preventing the spread of invasives, and volunteering. The poster directs to www.fws.gov/greatersagegrouse.com to learn more
Sagebrush Ecosystem “Web of Life” Poster. Photo by USFWS.

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 fw1_aeainbox@fws.gov with your requested quantity and mailing address.


The Sagebrush Steppe

An extremely detailed poster shows an animated image of Sagebrush Steppe ecosystem, with 33 numbered symbols corresponding with different species in the ecosystem, including seven mammals, four reptiles and amphibians, six birds, three insects, eleven plants, and fungus and bacteria. The bottom fold of the poster provides details about the ecosystem, and highlights three animals: The Greater Sage-Grouse, Pronghorn, and Short-Horned Lizard.
Sagebrush Ecosystem “Web of Life” Poster. Photo by USFWS.

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.


Ecosystem Trunks


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.

A photo shows the contents of a Sagebrush Ecosystem Education Trunk, all layed out and presented for the camera. The contents include story books, plush toys, lanyards, and outside toys like nets and netted scoops for catching animals in water. The box itself is about a foot tall, made of plastic and has a drawing of a sagebrush ecosystem
Sagebrush Ecosystem Trunk. Photo by USFWS.

Videos

These streaming video resources can be used in the classroom to supplement the curriculum.

On Sage-Grouse and the Sagebrush Ecosystem

School Programs: Learning about Sage-Grouse

Ranchers and Others Working to Protect Wildlife

The Sagebrush Ecosystem Community

Wildfire