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Class Details

3 Hours

4th Grade to Adult


What is unique about wetlands?

After establishing a common vocabulary in the study of wetlands, students will gather data regarding the vegetation, hydrology, and soil composition of several wetland types including swamps, marshes, and peatlands. After returning from the discovery hike, students will analyze their data.

Lesson Plan


  1. All living and non-living components of an environment interact with one another to form an ecosystem.
  2. Wetlands are a unique ecosystem defined by soil, plant, and water characteristics.
  3. Humans have a great ability to alter natural systems, and a responsibility to consider the effects of our actions.
  4. Wetlands are valuable for water storage and filtration, plant and wildlife habitat, and for their mystery.


  • Define “wetland” and distinguish between several types of Minnesota wetlands.
  • Summarize the formation and distribution of wetlands in MN and the US.
  • Explain three values inherent in natural, undisturbed wetlands.
  • Recommend actions to preserve healthy wetland environments.