Summary of key Science Concepts covered through the PASSPORT TO THE RAINFOREST
Videos, Hands-On Activities and Online Resources

Program 1
What's a Rainforest?

  •  Planetary processes and environmental conditions resulting in tropical and temperate rainforests
  •  Physical and behavioral adaptations of rainforest plants and creatures aiding their survival
  •  Layers of the rainforest, and day and night as niches
  • Program 2
    The Rainforest Food Web

  •  Photosynthesis transforms the Sun's energy into food for plants and animals
  •  Producer-consumer and mutualistic relationships in an ecosystem
  •  Inter-relatedness of life in the rainforest
  • Program 3
    Niches and Species

  •  Natural selection results in different species inhabiting different ecological niches shaped by the environment
  •  As Darwin found, birds adapted to life in different niches show variation in beak and body size and shape
  • Program 4
    Nature's Recycling Squad...

  •  Recycling of matter in an ecosystem
  •  Energy transfer in an ecosystem
  •  The community life of ants and some species of spiders as an adaptation to life in the rainforest
  •  Importance of small creatures to the entire rainforest
  • Program 5
    Adapted for Survival...

  •  Variety of senses, and behavioral and physiological adaptations utilized by various species in order to survive in their environment
  •  Convergent and divergent evolution as a factor in shaping similar and dissimilar body plans
  • Program 6
    The Green Laboratory

  •  Variety of research techniques required to study the rainforest scientifically
  •  Contrasting personalities and personal qualities required of successful rainforest researchers
  • Program 7
    Rainforest Connections

  •  How and why rainforest plants may offer medically-beneficial pharmaceuticals
  •  How rainforest education is required and may be successfully implemented in both rainforest nations and in non-rainforest locations
  •  Principles of taxonomic classification
  • Program 8
    Fire, Flood and the Future of the Forests

  •  Relationship of rainforests to regional and global air and water quality, and atmospheric composition
  •  Edge and fragmentation effects: environmental consequences of human activity, such as extinction
  •  Ameliorative strategies to promote species survival
  •  Interaction of science and social policy
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