Wolves of Yellowstone: EARTH A New Wild
Lesson plan with video, grades 6–12
Gray wolves were re-introduced into Yellowstone National Park in 1995, resulting in a trophic cascade that has benefited the health of Yellowstone National Park’s ecosystem and the well-being of residents and tourists to the park. But the re-introduction wasn't without controversy. In this lesson, students explore the ecological impact of wolves in Yellowstone and how their reintroduction affects many types of people – from tourists and scientists to ranchers and restaurant owners. A role-playing activity helps students understand and evaluate the complex views supporting and opposing the re-introduction of wolves to the park. Aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core, this lesson is part of curriculum related to the PBS series Earth A New Wild and was developed in collaboration with PBS LearningMedia.
Published January 2015, updated July 2016