Each year the contest takes on two ecosystems on a four-year rotation. The focus for 2017 will be on:
At this station, Juniors and Intermediates will answer multiple-choice questions about each ecosystem. Here is a sample multiple choice question:
All plants native to bottomland hardwood forests:
A. only survive in dry conditions
B. survive in both wet and dry conditions
C. do not lose their leaves in winter
D. are toxic to wildlife
In addition, Intermediates will identify two plant samples chosen from a list of four representative plant species for each ecosystem. The species that Intermediates need to know for each ecosystem are shown in the table below.
To prepare, Juniors should read the Forest Story about adventures in each of their designated ecosystems. Intermediates should read the informative text about their designated ecosystems and study the four plant species for each ecosystem.
Click on the name of an ecosystem in the chart below to learn more about it.
|Years||Ecosystem||Common Tree or Shrub Species|
Swamp chestnut oak
Water hickory (web page coming soon)
Sand post oak
|Sand Pine Scrub||
Sand live oak