The behaviors of American alligators and other important species play a huge role in the wet and dry seasons of the Everglades ecosystem.
Students will act out an ecodrama in an alligator hole during the dry season. Each student will play the role of an animal that depends on the alligator hole. Students will identify the American alligator as a keystone species that enables other species to survive.
Students will be learning about water levels and how they affect the amount of food available for wading birds, such as the Wood Stork. Students will run a relay race imitating parent Wood Storks feeding their babies; one team during the wet season, the second team during the dry season.