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Lesson 2: Human Impacts on Ecosystems

Overview

Ecosystems are a collection of all living and nonliving things that live in one place. Humans are part of their ecosystems, and they have a responsibility to protect them. Sometimes the impact of humans on ecosystems can be negative. Brainstorming ways to prevent ecosystem degradation is important to California State Parks.

Objectives

 Students will compare and contrast native and nonnative plant species.

 Students will determine the components of ecosystems.

 Students will discuss human impacts on ecosystems and brainstorm ways to restore degraded habitats.

Vocabulary

ecosystems, degraded ecosystem

Materials

Lesson 2 PDF*
Lesson 2 PowerPoint Presentation*

*These are located in the Resources section on the right side of your screen.

Time Required

20-30 minutes