A Standards-Based Method for Introducing Biodiversity Concepts

into Geography and Science Courses in Grades 6-12



     Material in this printed version of "Conserving Biodiversity in the Denver Metro Area: A Standards-Based Method for Introducing Biodiversity Concepts into Geography and Science Courses in Grades 6-12", along with the printed version of the accompanying Denver Metro Area maps and associated tables, is intended for free, noncommercial, not-for-profit use by educators and their students in the 9- county Denver, Colorado Metro Area.


     The information contained herein is provided on an as-is, as-available basis without warranties of any kind, expressed or implied, including (but not limited to) warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. The University of Colorado, Colorado State University, the University of Northern Colorado and the State of Colorado further expressly disclaim any warranty that the data are error-free or current as of the date supplied. 


To order Denver Metro Area maps, please contact the Colorado Natural Heritage Program (CNHP). Send your name, agency, address, phone number, map number, and quantity to; or mail your request to: 


Colorado Natural Heritage Program - Map Order 

Colorado State University

8002 Campus Delivery

Fort Collins, CO 80523-8002


The following maps are available for $23.39 each plus 6.7% sales tax and shipping and handling:

#1 DMA Conservation Area System;

#2 DMA Ecosystems;

#3 DMA Rare Species, Subspecies and Ecosystems; and

#4 DMA Urban and Semi-urban Development.


If you wish to have any of these maps laminated there is an additional charge of $12.50 per map. Please note your request for laminated maps and include the extra fee with your order.


Please note that maps are only available if the plotter is in good working condition and CNHP reserves the right to change prices at any time. Allow 2-3 weeks for delivery. 


All maps will smear if subjected to contact with, e.g. water or extensive manipulation by human hands. Lamination of all maps is, therefore, strongly recommended prior to their initial use. 




Introduction to the Curriculum (Click here to download the entire curriculum)*


1.       List of Commonly Used Abbreviations

2.       How to Use This Curriculum

3.       Colorado Geography and Science Standards

4.       Descriptions of Denver Metro Area Maps

5.       Introductory Activity


Unit One – Interrelation of Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution 

1.       Biodiversity and Conservation Biology Definition and Scope 

2.       Species Interactions and Ecosystem Structure

3.       Fire Succession and Effects on Biodiversity

4.       Bottleneck Genes


Unit Two – The Value of Biodiversity

1.       The Value of Native Species


Unit Three – Major Threats to Biodiversity and How Biodiversity has Changed Over Time

1.       Biodiversity: Leading Threats

2.       Land Use and Aerial Photography

3.       Noxious Weed Population Explosion  


Unit Four – How Students Learn about Biodiversity through Scientific Investigation ("Inquiry") in Outdoor Ecosystems

1.       Observing and Describing Outdoor Ecosystems

2.       Quantifying Biodiversity

3.       Plum Creek and Clear Creek: Comparison of Two Different Aquatic/Riparian Ecosystems  


Unit Five –Technological Aspects of Biodiversity Maintenance

1.   Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)    


Unit Six – How People Cooperate to Maintain Biodiversity

1.    Biodiversity Conservation: Who Makes it Happen?





*NOTE: The "entire curriculum"  and the "appendix" are compressed files. After downloading these files you will need a zip utility to unzip the files. A free evaluation version of Winzip can be downloaded from the following site:





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