WHY FOCUS ON YELLOWSTONE IN CLIMATE CHANGE INSTRUCTION?
Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding area is one of the most treasured regions of North America. Scientists are finding that Yellowstone is warming at an alarming rate. Many unique and iconic animals that inhabit Yellowstone National Park are considered at risk species and are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
WHAT DO BISON AND BEARS HAVE TO DO WITH GLOBAL WARMING?
Climate change is altering key habitat elements that are critical to wildlife’s survival, including the quality and quantity of major food sources. Both bison and grizzly bears may move to new areas to survive these changes, putting the two species at risk as they compete with each other and other wildlife for dwindling resources.
ABOUT THE BISON & BEARS OF YELLOWSTONE EDUCATOR’S GUIDE:
This guide’s activities are designed for grades 3-5, with extensions for younger and older students. These activities meet national standards for English/Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Visual Arts.