Take a Hike: Backyard Biodiversity, a program of the Carnegie Science Center, is a traveling, large-scale assembly presentation for students grades K-8. During the presentation, an educator from the Carnegie Science Center leads audiences of up to 200 students on an imaginary journey through Earth’s biomes, exploring their diversity and importance to human life. The trek leads back to our own urban ecosystem, where students learn that backyard biodiversity is equally impressive and in need of protection.
The presentation thrills students with live science experiments, audience participation, customized Google Earth™ video content, props, costumes, artifacts, and live animals. Students learn how to classify plants and animals, examine water quality, collect and organize data in field guides, and note change over time due to human impact. The presentation inspires students to go outside and explore, and teaches them how to enhance and protect the biodiversity of their school grounds.