The advent of the 21st Century promises an exciting ascent into the future. As Fermilab physicists contributed to the discovery of the Higgs boson and stands on the brink of establishing answers to some of the most elusive questions in our universe, we pause to look at the natural ecosystems of Fermilab's 6800-acre site. Investigating the prairie, water sites, oak woodlands and the wildlife through observation of the ecology restoration of Fermilab is
made possible through Energy and Ecosystems: Prairie, Water and Woods, formerly, Particles and Prairies: The Fermilab Prairie Savannah.
The goal of this collaborative project between teachers and scientists is to provide midlevel students with the opportunity to be scientists. Gathering data and making observations will increase students' knowledge and appreciation of three ecosystems while providing vital data. This data, in turn, will help the ongoing restoration projects at Fermilab.
The hands-on, interactive focus of this field studies unit is designed to enlighten a future generation about ecosystems services, how the natural world enriches the lives of the human population. In so doing, we want to accentuate the student's responsibility to maintain what remains or has been restored of our forefathers' wildlife legacies.
An Energy and Ecosystems provides students a close, hands-on look at the abiotic and biotic aspects of prairie, water and woodland ecosystems of Fermilab. Teachers must attend a workshop in order to schedule annual field trips for their students to do both lab and field studies at Fermilab.
We have prepared this sampler to give educators a preview of the unit. You can also download the Full Teacher's Guide