Each year, the contest focuses on two ecosystems, on a four-year rotation. The ecosystems for 2024 are Freshwater Swamps and Tropical Hammocks.
At this station, Juniors and Intermediates will answer multiple-choice questions about each ecosystem. Here is a sample multiple choice question:
Historically, the dominant trees found in Florida Pine Flatwoods were:
A. Longleaf pine
B. Red maple
C. Pond pine
D. Live oak
In addition, Intermediates will be asked multiple choice questions that reference identifying characteristics of the four representative plant species for each ecosystem.
To prepare, Juniors should read the forest story about adventures in each of their designated ecosystems. Intermediates should read the description of the designated ecosystems, and also study the website descriptions of the four plant species for each ecosystem.
Junior Ecosystem Slides: 2023/2024 Ecosystem Slides
Intermediate Ecosystem Descriptions: