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ERIC Number: ED527223
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 76
Abstractor: ERIC
Holding onto the Green Zone: A Youth Program for the Study and Stewardship of Community Riparian Areas. Leader Guide
Reilly, Kate; Wooster, Betsy
US Department of the Interior
Riparian ecosystems are an exciting and dynamic subject for study. These areas are valuable lands and important wildlife habitats, and they contribute greatly to the environmental health of an area. Definitions for the term "riparian" vary, but in this curriculum, the land called the "Green Zone" lies between flowing water and upland ecosystems. Vegetation and soils in this zone provide valuable services for people, livestock, water resources, wildlife, and plant species. This "Leader Guide" was written to help science teachers/youth leaders make the best use of the "Holding onto the Green Zone" Action Guide. The Leader Guide can be used to help meet these important objectives: (1) Introduce youth to the important components and functions of riparian zones as they relate to water quality and quantity, soils, vegetation, wildlife, erosion, floods, and land uses; (2) Encourage community awareness and stewardship of riparian zones; (3) Relay technical information about riparian zones in simple language and terms for nonscientists; (4) Assist young people in learning basic Earth Science concepts; (5) Help schools incorporate riparian education into the science curriculum; and (6) Promote better land use and natural resource management through increased awareness and understanding. Educating children, involving them and their communities in hands-on activities, and encouraging stewardship at the local level are critical steps toward achieving widespread riparian-zone restoration and protection. Appended are: (1) Selected Riparian Curricula, Activities, and Additional Resources; (2) "Holding onto the Green Zone " Curriculum Concept Map; (3) Correlations to Education Standards; (4) Related Internet Resources for Activities; (5) PFC Lotic Checklist; and (6) Key to Macroinvertebrate Life in the River. (Contains 19 footnotes.) [For related report, "Holding onto the Green Zone: A Youth Program for the Study and Stewardship of Community Riparian Areas. Action Guide," see ED527222.]
US Department of the Interior. 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240. Tel: 202-208-3100; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (USDA); US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM); University of Wisconsin-Extension