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Deer Ecology and Habitat Fragmentation

Grade 4

Introduce your fourth-grade students to the ecology and biology of a variety of deer species that are currently studied by National Zoo scientists. Using antlers and horns from our collections, students will discuss the difference between grazers and browsers, as well as characteristics of animals with antlers versus animals with horns.

Students will debate the importance of habitat and habitat requirements, and through a simple mapping activity, student teams will discover the effects of habitat fragmentation on deer populations. Finally, using actual radio telemetry equipment, students will experience first hand how ecologists at the Zoo monitor the impact of fragmentation using radio and satellite telemetry

Virginia Science Standards Reference: 4.1, 4.5, 4.8

We have a 'per program' fee structure: $50 for local counties [Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Loudoun, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, Warren, Winchester (City of)]. There is also an extra surcharge of $25, per program, for non-school outreach program requests.

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Front Royal, VA 22630
fax: 540.635.6506