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Riveredge Nature Center


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Biology, English Language Arts

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  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest, Wisconsin, Metro (CESA 1, 6), Michigan

Research and Conservation

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  • This article highlights the conservation efforts of the Riveredge Nature Center, the research that accompanies these efforts, and the organizations that have collaborated with this environmental institution. 
  • Students will learn about the reintroduction of fingerling sturgeon into the Milwaukee River, habitat restoration projects, and the Riveredge Nature Center's avian research that spans over 30 years.
Teaching Tips


  • This article is concise and easy to understand.
  • This article has links to volunteer and internship opportunities with the Riveredge Nature Center.

Additional Prerequisites

  • You can make this article more accessible by clicking the blue icon with a white figure (bottom left-hand corner). 
  • Students need to understand the importance of biodiversity and healthy ecosystems.


  • This article could support a classroom discussion about the negative and positive impacts that humans can have on the environment.
  • This article could enhance a lesson on the loss of natural habitats and global species extinctions, why biodiversity is important, and how humans could better protect natural ecosystems.
  • This article could supplement a lesson about the migration patterns of birds.
  • This article could augment a mini-lesson on what a keystone species is.
Scientist Notes
This resource is an introduction to the research and conservation work at the Riveredge Nature Center in Saukville, Wisconsin. The resource begins with a quote from American conservationist Aldo Leopold and then introduces the research and conservation projects at Riveredge. These six projects are shown in a clear hexagonal graphic and then three success stories are described in more detail. Throughout, this resource features clear text, colorful images, and a strong call to get people involved in conservation. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.5.9-12 Evaluate citizens' and institutions' effectiveness in addressing social and political problems at the local, state, tribal, national, and/or international level.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.5 Analyze in detail how an author's ideas or claims are developed and refined by particular sentences, paragraphs, or larger portions of a text (e.g., a section or chapter).
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