Length: 24 min
Appropriate for: Grades 3-12
We think of ourselves as self-sufficient, but humans live within an intricate network of plants, animals, and other life forms that support us in myriad ways. In this new show from the Academy, discover the beauty, variety, and vast complexity of these relationships—from the food webs of San Francisco Bay to the mutually beneficial partnerships in a Douglas fir forest community. You'll learn how life changes our planet—and how we benefit from our connections to the life that surrounds us.
NGSS Connections: LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems; LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems; LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms; LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience; LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans; ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems