The Digital Field Trip to The Rainforest
Version 1.6a | Windows & Macintosh

The rainforest is just a starting point to access a
wide range of life and environmental science topics

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Rainforest plants and animals

Thirty rainforest organisms have been selected to represent the huge biodiversity found in tropical rainforests; these can be studied in detail and are featured in the Dependency Web Game shown above.

Stunning photographs, full screen video, amusing tidbits of information and context-sensitive definitions, with spoken pronunciations on significant words support the text.

Animal characteristics

Engage in various activities to learn about camouflage strategies, batesian and müllerian mimicry, startle displays, eyeshine, eyespots and niches. Watch fascinating video to learn of unexpected dependencies between ants and plants.

Interdependencies

We are all dependent on something and others are dependent on us. Organisms in every ecosystem are interdependent. In Dependency Web Game students learn about habitat, pollination, food and seed dispersal dependencies. A perfect score wins the student a virtual vacation on a tropical island.

Mechanisms

Learn about soils and decomposition, tree fall gaps, succession, productivity, the water cycle and rainforest strata. Activate the mighty biomass machine to learn about the composition of the tropical rainforest.

Types

A surprising number of different types of rainforest types are scattered around the world, even in Alaska; the Tongass National Forest holds one of the largest and most intact temperate rainforests in the world. It is home to the world’s greatest concentration of bald eagles and grizzly bears.

World maps give an indication of former and current rainforests.

Create a chart to compare the features of tropical and temperate rainforests; you may be surprised at some of the differences.