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Finding Common Ground Curriculum Connections: Modules 1, 2, 3 and 6
Summary

Users walk through a fictional Virginia forest, and use scientific tools and methodologies to determine the forest makeup, monitor its health, and conserve its biodiversity. Each walk opens with an animated entrance into the forest in a different season. Guide characters from Smithsonian’s National Zoo assist the user and encourage inquiry.

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Rotting-Log Researcher and Decaying-Leaf Detective
/education/conservationcentral/pdfs/M3rottinglog.pdf 352k PDF
Do a real rotting log and leaf litter study!

Shades of Green: Earth’s Forests (ThinkQuest)
http://library.thinkquest.org/17456/menu.html
Journey into Earth’s forests…

North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP)
http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/naamp/
Volunteer to survey vocal amphibian populations in your region.

Teacher Resources
Download Modules 1, 2, 3, and 6 of the Finding Common Ground curriculum /education/conservationcentral/teacher/ for lesson plans for using the walks in your classroom.

Family Resource
Family Learning Activity: Take a Hike! A Family Forest Walk
/education/conservationcentral/pdfs/hike.pdf 116k PDF
Open your eyes, ears, and noses to life in the forest by exploring a local forest or woodland with your family.