Kentucky's Natural Heritage: An Interactive Guide to Biodiversity

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The diversity of life on our planet is astounding. From the lush rainforest of the Amazon to the seemingly barren arctic tundra, there is an abundance of life—and Kentucky is no exception. The state has a natural diversity of life so rich and complex that reality challenges the imagination. Fascinating and spectacular plants and animals such as the rainbow darter, golden mouse, cobra clubtail, three-birds orchid, and tiger salamander aren’t found in the Amazon; they live among us in the remarkably rich prairies, rivers, and forests of Kentucky, along with thousands of other species. -- from Kentucky's Natural Heritage: An Illustrated Guide to Biodiversity.

  • What is Biodiversity

    Adapted from the Kentucky Life Biodiversity series, this video offers a brief overview of what we mean by biodiversity and why Kentucky is unique in this regard.

    Grades: 4-10
  • Scientific Tools and Methods

    Adapted from the Kentucky Life Biodiversity series, the videos in this interactive explore three examples of researchers applying the scientific method in various field situations.

    Grades: 5-8
  • Select Species Groups of Kentucky

    In this interactive adapted from Kentucky’s Natural History: An Illustrated Guide to Biodiversity, students will learn about the variety of species that call Kentucky their home.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Caves Species and Karst Landscapes

    In this interactive adapted from Kentucky's Natural Heritage: A Guide to Biodiversity, students will learn about karst landscape, where caves are most prevalent, as well as the different species that can be found in and around caves

    Grades: 4-8
  • Follow Kentucky Through Geologic Time

    This interactive shows the location of Kentucky through different geological eras of time.

    Grades: 5-6,8-10
  • Lotic Communities

    This interactive provides a way for students to learn about lotic communities and the fish, mollusks, and invertebrates that live in these communities.

    Grades: 5-10
  • Lentic Communities

    In this interactive students learn about the three types of lentic communities and examples of species that are unique to each.

    Grades: 5-10
  • Migratory Songbirds

    Adapted from the Kentucky Life Biodiversity series, this video interactive offers information about the different species of birds and their migration patterns.
    Grades: 5-8
  • Biodiverse Regions: Black Mountain

    Black Mountain in southeastern Kentucky is one of the most biodiverse regions in the state. This KET video offers a brief overview about the factors that make this area so unique.

    Grades: 5-8
  • Biodiverse Regions: Blood River

    Adapted from the Kentucky Life Biodiversity series, this video looks at the natural significance of the Blood River region of southwestern Kentucky.

    Grades: 5-8
  • Indicator Species: Hooded Warbler

    Adapted from the Kentucky Life Biodiversity series, this video interactive offers information about the Hooded Warbler and its role as an indicator species in the Natural Bridge region of Kentucky.

    Grades: 5-8
  • Watersheds in Kentucky

    This interactive with a short video clip, provides students with a definition of watershed, as well as information about where they can be found in the state of Kentucky

    Grades: 5-10
  • Select Natural Communities

    In this interactive adapted from Kentucky's Natural Heritage: An Illustrated Guide to Biodiversity, students will learn about the four major natural communities and the types of organisms that live in each.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Three Levels of Biodiversity

    This interactive adapted from Kentucky's Natural Heritage: An Illustrated Guide to Biodiversity, introduces learners to the three levels of biodiversity: genetic, species, and ecosystem.

    Grades: 5-10
  • Life in a Native Kentucky Village

    The mural in this rollover interactive shows the Mississippian people in their day-to-day activities.

    Grades: 5-8
  • Natural Regions of Kentucky

    This interactive introduces students to the diverse natural regions of Kentucky.

    Grades: 5-10

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