Information for teaching grassland principles in the classroom not only has to be good to be accepted by teachers. It must also meet the National Science Education Standards. This is according to research done by educators as to why science teachers select a curriculum. Almost 75% said the deciding factor was whether or not the curriculum met the National Science Education Standards.

So, if you’ve been frustrated by not getting your well thought out, well presented grassland information into science classrooms, you’ll be pleased to know there is now a curriculum prepared by education professionals for rangeland that meets the National Standards.

In 2005, a group of individuals, representing Cooperative Extension, the Nature Conservancy, 4-H, K-12 schools, universities, and others, was convened by Montana State University Extension to write such a curriculum. They hired a curriculum writer and the end product was a publication called “At Home on the Range”. Targeted toward 4-H youth, this effort is the first national curriculum for rangeland that meets the National Science Education Standards.

To obtain information about this curriculum contact,
Kirk Astroth, Director
Montana 4-H Center for Youth Development
Montana State University
210 Taylor Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717-3580.