This lesson is designed to provide students with an opportunity to get outside, take a
closer look at nature, and discover the world around them.
LOCATION: Motte Rimrock Reserve
TIME REQUIRED: Approximately 3 to 4 hours
Before the project, spend some class time talking about different
natural areas. What are the characteristics of a coastal sage area? A riparian
area? A grasslands area?
- Class is divided into small groups of two or three students.
- Each student receives a scavenger list.
- Describe for the students the physical outdoor boundaries of this activity.
- Students are to find as many of the listed items as possible.
- Each student in the group must see the item before it counts.
- For each of the following items listed, write down what it was, record where it was
found, and draw a picture of it. ITEMS MAY ONLY BE COLLECTED AND/OR MOVED IF PERMISSION IS
GRANTED BY THE RESERVE MANAGER.
|leaves with hairy surfaces|
|leaves with waxy surfaces|
|leaves that smell|
|evidence of leaf texture differences on the same plant (why|
|Describe/or draw invertebrate sightings (e.g. butterflies)|
|Describe/or drawing reptile sightings (e.g. snakes, lizards)|
|Describe bird sightings (e.g. ravens, hawks, turkey vultures)|
|Describe mammal sightings (cottontail bunny, jackrabbit, squirrel, mouse).|
|Draw footprints from a wild animal|
|Animal burrow = find a blue hectare post (write post number), count 5 paces, then walk
in a circular pattern counting all burrows)|
|Count sightings of bird nest|
|Find an ant colony and count trails leading to it.|
|Find evidence of a sun adapted leaf|
|Find evidence of a shade adapted leaf|
|Draw a plant with thorns|
|Describe three sounds|
|Describe three smells (compare these to something familiar)|
|Find animal droppings - coyote, rabbit, krat (black rice)|
|Find a leaf with evidence of insect bites|
|Make a large scale drawing of an area, include boulders and|
|Find the following examples of coastal sage scrub:|
a. find Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa)
b. find California buckwheat (Eriogorium fasciculatum)
c. find Black Sage (Salvia mellifera) d. find White Sage (Savia apiana)
e. find California Sagebrush (Artemisia californica)
|Sketch a coastal sage area|
|Find a slender sunflower (Helianthus gracilentus)|
|Find examples of trees growing by underground streams |
a. find a willow (Salix laevigata)
b. find an elderberry (Sambucus mexicana)
|Sketch a riparian area|
|Find an example of tree tobacco (Nicotiana glauca)|
|Find examples of grasses|
a. Find Rancher's Fireweed (Amsinckia menziesii)
b. Find Avena barbata (Slender Wild Oat)
c. Find Giant Wild Rye (Leymus condensatus)
|Sketch a grassland area|
|Find an draw green lichen. Describe its location|
|Describe three interactions |