Visit North America's most breathtaking locations, from the rugged
beauty of Alaska to the charm of Appalachia, to Florida's sunny
landscape and the vivid high deserts of Colorado. Take our Great
Sand Dunes excursion and discover an adventure that you've only
dreamed of. Visit snow and sand. Wade in creeks or climb a mountain.
You are sure to discover, as with all of our destinations, the most
exotic of allnonnative species from all over the world.
Through our network of ships, planes, trains, and automobiles,
we have imported the finest exotic plants and animals to North America
since Europeans first landed on the shores of the East Coast.
Shana maps exotic plant locations
Although, many of these species came as stowawayswithout
us knowingwe still must take credit for their arrival. Because
of our network of roads and disturbed areas, these plants have easily
invaded areas where you will be visiting.
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Seriously, some exotic plants and animals have become invasive throughout
North America, including at Great Sand Dunes. These species of plants
and animals are changing the composition of the living landscape.
Fortunately, scientists, researchers, and volunteers have begun
to help out the native biology.
Explore Great Sand Dunes’ web pages on plants and ecosystems.
Learn about some of the research and science that happened at Great
Sand Dunes in 2004 by reading the Field Notes and by browsing
the Actions Photos at right. And Clue-Coyote will help you
the Doctor's Orders below.