Downloads and activities
The following weblinks provide helpful information and downloads for teaching material on topics regarding nature conservation. You will also find ideas and material for classroom activities.
Planning conservation areas
Essay: "Saving El Imposible: A Biodiversity Puzzler"
The following essay is included in one of the AMNH (American Museum of Natural History) lesson plans on biodiversity. This case study describes the process of the establishment of a National Park in El Salvador. The essay explores the things that need to be considered when setting aside a piece of land for conservation, such as how to balance human activity with nature conservation. Find the essay here.
Activity: How to plan a conservation area
This activity is also included in the BMU's workbook on biodiversity on pages 26 to 28). The students will have to use their problem solving skills to plan an ideal conservation area. This means that they not only need to factor in how to protect the endangered species (Black storck) while also leaving room for human activities. After receiving a list with information of all groups that use the reserve, they then have to act as a planning team and include their conservation area on a provided map. While doing so, the students have to accommodate a number of seemingly incompatible interests (environmental, social and economical). This task is a great way of showing students how complex nature conservation can be and what problems conservationists encounter in their work. Download the complete workbook here.
Conservation project "Rettungsnetz Wildkatze"
This conservation project by the BUND, a non-governmental German conservation organization offers a whole package with activities, teaching material and games in German. You can request a free package by writing an email to the address provided on the following link. The included handbook for teachers with background information, worksheets and game instructions is also available as PDF here.
The computer simulation "Katz und Maus" (suitable for students 12 years and older) is very recommendable; students receive the task of creating the best possible wildlife refuge for wildcats. The simulation shows the students how the wildcat population in their created habitat would develop. This game is ideal when discussing habitat fragmentation in class. Students also get an insight into what practical issues and questions conservationists have to deal with when trying to create wildlife sanctuaries. Additionally, students also have the opportunity to actively partake in the project by setting up "Lockstöcke" and collecting hair samples of wildcats in the forest. More information is also provided in the package.
Yellowstone Wolves - Electronic Fieldtrip
The U.S. National Park Service offers an electronic fieldtrip to Yellowstone. The story revolves around the story of two children who visit their grandfather, who educates park visitors on the Wolves in Yellowstone. The site also provides a short slide show with information on the introduction (an audio version is also available).