Unit 1: Ecosystems and the Biosphere: The World We Live In

Heidi DuPuis and Casey Vreeken
Lake Wilderness Arboretum (location map)
Thursday, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
09/17/20 - 10/22/20 (6 weeks)

Ecosystems and the Biosphere: The world we live in
Description: During this unit, students will examine living things and their habitats. We will learn about relationships between different species, what it means to have a balanced ecosystem, and dive into the oceans and other unique habitats we find on Earth. This unit will take place entirely outside, at the Lake Wilderness Arboretum.


Week 1: healthy ecosystems, biodiversity, and living vs. Nonliving things

Week 2: biomes vs. habitats, what makes a good habitat, and how changes to habitat affect organisms

Week 3: 3 types of symbiosis, predators vs. parasites, and niches in an ecosystem

Week 4: producers, consumers, decomposers, energy flow and food webs

Week 5: ocean ecosystems, abiotics factors vs. ocean depth, exploring biodiversity in the oceans

Week 6: coastal ecosystems, introduced/invasive species, human impact in the biosphere


COVID-19 Policy: Cloth face coverings are required for all in-person camps, both indoor and outdoor, and 6-foot social distancing will be maintained in compliance with State requirements.