Rapid Ecological Assessment
Using a stretched wire coat hanger as a quadrant, small groups of junior ecologists take population samples. They combine their findings to make a general ecological assessment. Unfortunately, within such a small square, there will rarely be much wildlife to count. Toss a handful of mixed pasta shapes or beans on their tabletops to represent different organisms and have them perform a simulation instead! Make sure to show learners a true one-meter square quadrant.