While seemingly barren, the Great Sand Dunes and the surrounding
area provide abundant opportunities to view and enjoy wildlife.
From the rocky peaks to the grasslands beyond the sand, animals
are well-adapted for this high-elevation environment. Wildlife here
must have the ability to endure extremes of heat, cold, dryness,
and high winds.
- Does it Belong to Me or is it Free?
- Students will be able to distinguish between wildlife and domesticated
- Who Passed This Way? - Students will
be able to identify common animal tracks and learn how to make
plaster casts of them.
- Track Memory - Students will begin
to learn to identify mammal tracks at Great Sand Dunes and learn
to notice the difference between animal track shapes.
- The Camouflage Trail - Students will
gain an understanding of the concepts of camouflage and adaptation.
- You Can't See Me - Students will
understand the importance of natural coloration and camouflage
in survival, considering the colors of various animals found at
- Wildlife Scavenger Hunt - Students
will use observation and deductive reasoning skills to find objects
at the sand dunes that are the result of animals' interactions
with the environment.
- Nocturnal Lives - Students will learn
about mammals and how they survive in the dark.
- Insect Design - Students will be
able to identify common insects at Great Sand Dunes while also
understanding the general external morphology of insects.
- Find My Critter - Students will be
able to understand the importance of coloration in the ways animals
- Biological Diversity at the Dunes
- Students will be able to explain the concept of biological diversity
and use observable characteristics to group living things found
at the park.
- Oh, So Special - Students will become
acquainted with the habits and characteristics of a few special
plants and animals before visiting the park.
- Think Like a Bird - Students will
understand the complexities of nest building by attempting to
design and build a nest themselves.
- Raven's Song - An
on-line interactive fable with questions that refer to Great Sand
Dunes' web site.