Biodiversity (Eco-Initiative)


Biodiversity, or biological diversity, refers to the variety of life at many different levels, from genes to species, populations to ecosystems.  The earth sustains millions of different species, many of which have not yet been discovered. The ecosystems that support life on our planet provide us with a number of services, ranging from food, shelter, and medicine to intrinsic benefits such as the enjoyment of nature. Without a diverse natural world that has the space and time to adapt to change, we will lose the ability of the earth to provide the ecosystem services that we take for granted. Some of the threats to biodiversity include loss of habitat and habitat degradation, invasive species, the rise of infectious disease, climate change, and pollution. In Rhinebeck, we wanted to find out who was living in our schoolyards, and how much biodiversity our schoolyards contain. As part of this work, we will be monitoring the presence of invasive species, especially plants, and discussing ways of reducing their populations. Students monitor both the terrestrial and aquatic habitats in the schoolyard.                



Biodiversity Links

Just for Kids Soil Biological Communities

National Geographic Kids

Kids Planet

Field Trip Earth

Biodiversity 911

Environmental Education for Kids

Natural Biodiversity (includes a kids’ section)

International Year of Biodiversity

Biodiversity Channel of the American Museum of Natural History



Biodiversity Scorecard

Further Reading

Biodiversity Data Form (Coming Soon)






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