Rocky Mountain Wolf Quest
grade bands: high school
The Rocky Mountain Ecosystem Needs Your Help
Healthy and thriving ecosystems depend on all creatures, big and small, to keep the energy and life cycles working. When we disrupt the system or take out a link like predators,
the whole system becomes weaker.
Will you help the ecosystem of the Southern Rocky Mountains?
Launching Fall 2019
Wolves create very strong reactions in people. Our fairy tales have taught us to fear them; ranchers have valid concerns about livestock loss; and hunters worry that they will lose prey opportunities.
Science unequivocally shows that predators, like wolves, create a balanced ecosystem where vast herds of deer and elk are kept healthier as their sick and old become prey. Wolf pressure on ungulate herds keep them moving, allowing valley ecosystems to bounce back with beaver, otters, birds and other species.
Until 1945, wolves roamed almost everywhere below tree line in Colorado. But agricultural interests aggressively pursued their extermination. Can a managed reintroduction program be the solution to restoring Colorado's natural balance?
How Can You Help?
In this Quest, students will be challenged to research and debate the various positions around the reintroduction of wolves to the Southwestern Rockies.
The Quest will lead them on a journey of Uncovering and Exploring life science concepts through the lens of predator and prey; and the other species who depend on a healthy and balanced ecosystem. Ultimately, students may choose to design and implement a habitat restoration project for a chosen species.
Small grant funds are available to help with the material costs of projects for classes that register for the Quest and submit feedback and data at various checkpoints.
Geographic Focus: United States - Colorado
Target Grade Bands: 8th - 12th
Focus Ecosystem or Species Group: Southern Rocky Mountains