Amigos de Bolsa Chica's Virtual Wetland Tour Educator's Guide

Since 1976 the Amigos de Bolsa Chica have been committed to protecting our local wetlands and serving our community - this includes our students and educators. The short video Amigos de Bolsa Chica Virtual Wetland Tour outlines the general biology and ecology of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve and acts as a substitute or supplement to in-person field trips; the Virtual Wetland Tour Educator’s Guide will aide in helping you engage your students with the video and get them to think critically about the natural processes that take place in the wetlands as well as the native species that call the wetlands home.

View the Amigos de Bolsa Chica Virtual Wetland Tour video

The Virtual Wetland Tour Educator's Guide includes a grading rubric, short answer questions that chronologically follow the video, open-answer questions that get students thinking critically about the ecology of a coastal wetland as well as the human impacts on the environment, and an essay question that prompts them to see the complexities of development and conservation, as well as articulate their thoughts on the subject.

The first section of this guide can be used for students of all ages; the second and third sections are aimed at Grades 8-12 but can be modified to meet the needs of younger grade levels.

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