Programs

What We Do

Encounter Grasslands

We’re building new ways to encounter these diverse ecosystems for teens and adults.

Birds As Poetry, 2020 Black-shouldered Kite in Victoria, Australia

Educational Programs

Classroom Presentations

Our middle and high school programming explores biological systems from an ecosystem perspective. 

These programs are designed to enhance your lessons and reinforce biological next generation science standards.

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Webinars and Classes

In 2021 we’ll be releasing webinars and other classes for teens and adults to engage with the outdoors.

Speaking

We speak at professional engagements and facilities of all sorts. Contact us if you’d like one of us to speak at your event. Fees may apply.

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Ambassadors

We’re looking to offer housing for displaced grassland animals. Reach out if we can help a non-releasable animal in your care facing deaccessioning or otherwise in need of permanent placement. Not every animal will meet our space or programming needs so we will be picky with placement.

We are not currently USDA licensed, so we are limited on what animals we can take and are not using our ambassadors on programs at this time. We will update this page as our licensing evolves.

Classroom Presentations

We are currently developing more programs, so Contact Us if you don’t see something that would benefit your class or have any questions. We are virtual only at this time.

Pricing: recommended donation of $40 per class (approx. 1 hour). Support our educational mission by making a donation to Grassland Groupies. If your school is unable to pay, please reach out. We believe every student should have equal access and have funds set aside for schools in need.

Chordate Zoology

Guiding question: How have chordates adapted in physiology and behavior to thrive in the same ecosystem?

Learning objectives:

  • How the evolutionary history of chordate species uniquely adapted them to an environment.
  • How the structure and function of chordate groups allows them to thrive in their environment.
  • How species use behaviors to navigate their environments.
  • Ecological relationships of chordate species within an ecosystem.
Next Generation Science Standards Met: MS-LS1-4HS-LS4-5
 

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This large grassland, like all steppes, is incredibly dry and cold. Alpine at times, with few trees and vast neighboring deserts, this harsh environment with brief summers has led to some fantastic adaptations in the animals that live there.

Highlights

  • Amphibian freeze tolerance and behavioral thermoregulation (Siberian salamander, Mongolian toad)
  • Reptile resistance to desiccation, toxin tolerance, and hibernaculum (steppe tortoise)
  • Cretaceous bird evolution and grassland specialization (great bustard)
  • Mammalian synchronous birth, water regulation, and social strategies (corsac fox, saiga antelope, and more)
  • Ecosystem-level lens for the evolution of traits.

The Great Plains, with its variable  is incredibly dry and cold. Alpine at times, with few trees and vast neighboring deserts, this harsh environment with brief summers has led to some fantastic adaptations in the animals that live there.

Highlights

  • Amphibian freeze tolerance and behavioral thermoregulation
  • Reptile behavioral thermoregulation
  • Avian migratory behaviors
  • Mammalian migratory behaviors
  • Ecosystem-level lens for the evolution of traits.

Plant and Pollinator Interactions

Guiding question: How have plants and pollinators evolved to be the perfect fit for each other?

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the role of a pollinator.
  • Learn how plants attract pollinators through color, shape, and even smell of their flowers.
  • Learn about behavioral adaptations pollinators have to get the most from plants (including how they cheat!).

Next Generation Science Standards met: MS-LS1-4MS-LS4-2, HS-LS2-7, HS-LS4-2, HS-LS4-5

Options

Integrates with Teams, Zoom, and other virtual platforms.

Virtual only at this time.

Support our educational mission by making a donation to Grassland Groupies.

Recommended: $40 per class (approx. 1h)

Don’t hesitate to Contact Us if you have questions.

A Piece of Prairie

If your school or community building has a native plant garden, this module is for you! Get to know your own piece of the prairie with this onsite program led by one of our trained educators. Interactive and data-driven activities will be tailored to your garden and may change depending on the season and age of participants.

Learning objectives:

  • Actively engage in biological investigation gathering and analyzing data.
  • Actively engage in using mathematics in their investigations.
  • Understand the nature of scientific knowledge.
  • Understand the diversity of structure and function in organisms living in the garden.

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We are not currently able to offer this experience for virtual learning. This experience will primarily take place outdoors, but can accommodate some indoor learning.

Lectures

These presentations last 45-60 minutes, and can be tailored to fit your group’s needs. Virtual or in-person. Price varies depending on group size.

Birds Are Liars, and Girls Sing Too

Birds have a lot to say, and they have the incredible equipment, learning power, and social complexities to say it. We’ll discuss why the calls and songs of birds are more complicated than our field guides can say.

Rachel Roth, cofounder

Jurassic Lark: Why Birds Are Dinosaurs

From brooding behaviors to pneumatic bones, the commonalities between modern birds and their dinosaur ancestors go well beyond feathers. Rachel will explain why dinosaurs still exist; they simply took to the sky.

Rachel Roth, cofounder

Cerrado, the Kansas of Brazil

Like a typical big sister, the Amazon Rainforest has been overshadowing one of Brazil’s most biodiverse and incredible landscapes: her little sister, the Cerrado. This savanna birthed 5% of the planet’s plant and animal species, and it’s in far greater danger than the Amazon. Rachel will show you why the vibrant birdlife, dynamic ecology, and truly unique residents make it easy to fall in love with Brazil’s grassland heart.

Rachel Roth, cofounder

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