Last updated: May 15, 2020, at 2:09 p.m. PT
Originally published: May 15, 2020, at 1:55 p.m. PT
What is Biodiversity?
Take some time to break down that word into its two pieces: “bio” and “diversity.” Determine what this word means to you and brainstorm why biodiversity might be important when investigating a forest.
This activity will help you investigate a piece of natural world around you, determine if diversity exists in that space, and make connections about why the presence of diversity is so important to a healthy ecosystem.
- Something to write with
- Something to write on
This is an activity you can do as a solo explorer or with a buddy (or more)!
- Either go outside or look outside and find a natural space to focus on.
- Take a certain length of time, five, 10 or 15 minutes, to record as many plants, animals, and other natural objects in that area as you can. You can draw or write!
- Don’t limit yourself. You can either record each thing you see or how many of each thing you see or both!
- At the end of the time or when you’re done observing, determine how many objects you observed.
- Think about what your observations mean and what they tell you about that space.
- Do think the season that we’re in right now is impacting the diversity of natural things you're seeing in the space?
- What other factors do you think are impacting whether you can observe biodiversity in this space?
- Is this area biologically diverse? Why or why not?
- Do you think this natural space is healthy? Why or why not?