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Mapping Challenge

What makes a perfect habitat? Using maps, find out what features make a perfect habitat for different species that live near you.

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Plan

  • What area will you map?
  • What tools will you use to find out about the features of your area?
  • How will you create your map?

Do

  • Using a map of your community or another area near you, identify what elements make this a perfect habitat for an animal or plant of your choice.
  • What elements do you see? Distance to water? Distance from human activity?
  • What can you do to help keep these elements present?

Review

  • What were the most important features of the habitat you mapped?
  • What effect do humans have on the habitat that you mapped?
  • How does the health of one species in this area affect other species?

Keep it Simple

  • Draw, sculpt or paint a habitat for an animal of your choice. What elements have you included in it? Why? How do you know what to include for different kinds of animals?

Take it Further

  • Do you know of any areas or trails that need to be mapped? Does your community have a map with all of its features on it? Find out about map-making and create a map that you think would be helpful to your community or area.