Each living member in a community interacts with other living organisms
and abiotic elements such as soil, weather, and water. All of these
interactions together make the community function as a single interacting
unit called an ecosystem. Plants are the foundation of this living food pyramid. Without plants, no animal
- Plant Handbook - A
general plant identification booklet for teachers. Covers the
most commonly-seen plants from the dunefield, grassland, and pinyon-juniper
woodland habitats, plus selected trees from higher elevations.
- Latin Roots - Students will learn
how scientists name new species of plants while creating a new
one of their own.
- Tree Classification - Students will
learn the basics of tree identification at Great Sand Dunes and
how to use a dichotomous key.
- Plant Adaptations - Students will
understand the concepts of habitat and plant adaptations to desert
- Oh, So Special - Students will become
acquainted with the habits and characteristics of a few special
plants and animals before visiting the park.
- Native Dyes - Students will become
familiar with natural dyes, which plants they came from, and how
Native Americans have used them.
- Inspector Flora - Students will observe
wildflowers while learning to identify the main parts of a flower.
- Seed Travelers - Students will be
able to explain various methods of seed dispersal and how animals
and natural processes play a role in helping plants reproduce.
- Land of Many
Opportunists - Students will learn how aggressive exotic species
take advantage of resources in order to expand their range and
compete in a nonnative habitat.