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WebQuest from National Geographic: Students help guide the everyday exploration of their community and become a backyard naturalist! Pretend they've just been hired as a local naturalist. They will need to prepare yourself to take groups of tourists on short nature hikes and answer their questions about area wildlife. Because naturalists are expected to know a lot about the local environment, the job requires you to become knowledgeable about local wildlife and learn how to collect and analyze biological data. This will ensure that they can answer all those tourists' questions! Students will construct maps to organize information. Recommend that students use computers to draw maps.


  • Science > General
  • Science > Biology
  • Science > Botany
  • Science > Ecology

Education Levels:

  • Grade 3
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  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
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student-facing habitat backyard ecosystem map naturalist identification



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