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What's Native Lesson

Type: Free Lesson


A native species is one that naturally occurs in an area. A native plant, for example, is a plant that has lived and evolved in a certain place for a long time (i.e. thousands of years) and is part of the natural ecosystem. Native species have co-evolved with other competing species, predators, diseases, climate factors and other aspects of a region and an ecosystem. Native plants are part of a natural balance and a natural system and provide important food and shelter for wildlife.


Students will be able to:

1. Distinguish between native and non-native species; and
2. Recognize that there are many different types of plants.