Elk Nature Study
This week we’ll learn about the majestic elk as part of the Outdoor Hour Challenge. I never had any real experience with elk until we moved to Central Oregon. Now, each spring, we have them right out our back door.
With this nature study lesson, you’ll have a chance to learn about this large mammal and do some comparing to other mammals you see more regularly.
Alternate study: Outdoor Hour Challenge – Deer Nature Study.
Here are a few ideas to get you started with an elk nature study:
- Choose your resource for learning about the elk. This could be a field guide, a book from your local library or an online resource. Here’s a link to a webpage that has an abundance of information on elk in North America: Elk Network. You will find facts, videos, and range maps on that page that will help you learn about this magnificent animal.
- This website has a printable fact sheet about elk: USDA American Elk.
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