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Go with the Flow
Eolian Science
Endemic Insects
Exotic Escapes
Digging Back in Time
Action Photos

A Survey Begins


Canadians in Colorado?


A Search for Likely Locations


Using Aerial Photos and GPS


Shana Searches Systematically


Determining Dominance


Matt Enters a Weed Waypoint


Who's Who in the Plant World


A Disturbing Discovery


Natives Still Thrive

Field Notes

An Expedition into Exotic Territory


Data Mapped on an Aerial Photograph


Land of Many For Teachers


Critical Thinking For Teachers

Colorado Content Standards
Science: 6th grade 2.1, 2.2; 7th grade 2.1, 2.5; 8th grade 2.1, 2.2
Grade Level
6th - 8th Grade

Exotic Escapes

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 all—nonnative 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.

Entering Locations into a Database
Shana maps exotic plant locations 

Although, many of these species came as stowaways—without us knowing—we 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.

Experience Great Escapes Today!


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 Follow the Doctor's Orders below.


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