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Build an Elk

Students will build an elk by decorating a group member with various props that are representations of elk anatomy. The educational focus of this program is the role anatomical structures play in elk adaptation and survival.

Cross Disciplinary Concepts: A system can be described in terms of its components and their interactions.

Vocabulary: adaptation, conservation, herbivore, keratin, migration, ruminant, and ungulate.

Science Standards This Program Meets

4-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structure and Processes

  • Grade: 4th Grade
  • Discipline: Life Science
Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction
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About National Elk Refuge

National Wildlife Refuges are world-renowned as places to see great seasonal migrations of fish and wildlife, iconic animals like bison and bears, and ordinary creatures thriving in their natural habitats. The National Elk Refuge is one of over 565 National Wildlife Refuges in the United States. The education team at the National Elk Refuge offer a variety of environmental education programs that highlight natural history and life sciences. We look forward to working with educators in the community to achieve their science standards in a fun and engaging way. Join us on the Refuge or have us bring the Refuge to your classroom!

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Who We offer programming to all ages.
What Natural History & Life Science programs.
When Year-round
Where We offer programs onsite at the National Elk Refuge & Greater Yellowstone Visitor center or onsite at locations within Teton, Sublette, and Lincoln counties in Wyoming. Or in Teton County, Idaho.
Why Our vision is to provide teaching and learning opportunities about wildlife and conservation to enable students to make informed decisions about environmental sustainability and stewardship.