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Ecosystem Restoration: Oak Savanna

A restored oak savanna in Central Iowa.

Metro Waste Authority Environmental Learning Center, Runnells, Iowa

Possible Guiding, Compelling and/or Anchoring Questions

  • How have humans impacted ecosystems?
  • Why is an oak savanna an important ecosystem?
  • How can we maintain the diversity of an ecosystem?

Classroom Suggestions

  • Research areas where an ecosystem was restored and create a presentation.
  • Create a prairie area at your school.
  • Create a partnership between your classroom and your county conservation or DNR officer to help with ecosystem restoration at a county or state park.

Related Resources

Iowa Core Alignment

Life Science
High School (9-12)
Disciplinary Core Idea
LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

Credit Info

Submitted by Karla St. John and Amber Fairbanks as part of their Iowa STEM Teacher Externship experience at Iowa PBS.

Location courtesy of Metro Waste Authority.

Media produced by Iowa PBS.


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