Where’s the Fox?
- Docent hands out animal picture cards to the students face down and the students put these around their necks.
- Students form a circle. The docent tells them that this circle is now their forest.
- Docent starts with the fox and informs students that we have a red fox living at the Arboretum.
- Docent then asks the students to look at the other animals that live in the forest represented in the circle.
- Next the docent asks the students who would eat the fox, as well as who would the fox eat.
- The prey that is selected is given a string. The fox holds one end and the animal just eaten holds the other.
- The docent tells the students that the string represents the relationship between the fox and the animal.
One needs the other to live.
- The animal that has been eaten is asked the same questions as the fox-who would you eat and who would eat you.
- This continues until all the strings or relationships have been connected.
- Then the docent asks what would happen if all the insects were eradicated due to a chemical spill. Who would suffer if this relationship did not exist? This cycle continues down the chain until the fox is left hungry and dying.