Program Flyer: Healing an Ecosystem: Dorothy Patent Recounts the Wolf's Return to Yellowstone (STEM aligned)

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Contact Information
Dorothy Patent
302 Pondside Drive
White Plains, NY  10607
Phone: (406) 546-6569
Program Title
Healing an Ecosystem: Dorothy Patent Recounts the Wolf's Return to Yellowstone (STEM aligned)
Program Type
Individual Program
Program Rating
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Target Audience
Education: Grade(s) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons
Maximum Number of Participants
Minimum Number of Participants
no minimum
Primary Disciplines
Social Studies/History, Sciences, Problem Solving, Gifted & Talented
Program Description
Wonder why ecologists are happy when a top predator returns to its old haunts? Yellowstone National Park can give you the answer.
In this program, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, author of the IRA Teachers Choice book, "When the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature's Balance in Yellowstone," an Orbis Pictus Honor Book and ALA Notable Children's Book, tells the story of how the return of wolves to Yellowstone after a long absence has been healing this ecosystem. Through her fascinating slide show, students will come to understand how plants and animals interact to create a balanced whole that supports an amazing variety of species.
Program Format
Through her slide show presentation, Dr. Patent tells the story of wolves in Yellowstone:
The wolves were killed off in the 1920s
As time passed, problems showed up
Coyotes and elk increased in number
The elk ate you willows and aspens before they could grow into trees
The coyotes killed pronghorn fawns and out-competed other small predators
Wolves were reintroduced in 1995
As time went by, the ecosystem began recovery
Now Yellowstone's ecology continues to regain its health
The participant will:

-get a feel for what an ecosystem is

-see how different parts of nature are connected

-learn to appreciate the role of predators in an ecological system

-learn about the wolf life cycle

-learn about the importance of our national parks
National/Common Core Standards to which this program aligns

NSK-4 3 Life Science
As a result of activities in grades K-4, all students should develop understanding of:
The characteristics of organisms
Life cycles of organisms
Organisms and environments

NGSS standards in grades 2-8 met include LS2.C and D. LS4.C, key concepts of Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems.
State/Regional Standards to which this program aligns
Program Length
40-60 minutes to fit school's schedule
Date/Time Notes
Can be scheduled at participant's convenience
Program Cost
Interactive: $300.00
Interactive Premium: $300.00
Program Fee Notes
The fee is per site. iNK Think Tank will invoice and collect the fee.
Cancellation Policy
No fee for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. A charge of $100 will be made for cancellations not due to nature with less than 48 hours notice.
Is recording allowed?

Program Delivery Mode(s)
Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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