Discover Endangered Species in New ‘Science Trek’ Video Shorts

Idaho Public Television’s original series Science Trek visits Zoo Boise and introduces plants and animals that are in danger of going extinct — in other parts of the world and in Idaho — in a series of digital shorts on endangered species released in December.

Each month, Science Trek explores a subject with short videos available on the Science Trek website, on a Facebook page for parents and teachers, on YouTube, and on PBS LearningMedia, a free media site for preK-12 educators.

The following digital shorts are available on these platforms in December:

Endangered SpeciesEndangered Species: Endangered Species Basics – One in four mammals, one in eight birds, one third of all amphibians, and 70 percent of the world’s known plants are in danger of extinction. Find out more about endangered species and visit some of the endangered animals at Zoo Boise.

Endangered Species: Q&A – Zoo Boise acting director Liz Littman answers students’ questions about endangered species.

Endangered Species: Idaho’s Endangered Species – Idaho has 16 species on the threatened or endangered species list. Learn what they are.

Endangered Species: Saved Species – Learn some success stories in the battle to save endangered species.

Endangered Species: Extinct Animals – More than a thousand plants and animals have disappeared from the earth in the past 500 years. Find out about some of the more famous extinct animals.

Endangered Species: Endangered Plants – Mammals aren’t the only species currently on the endangered list. We are losing lots of plants too, some in Idaho.


About Science Trek

Science Trek continues its 19th season with a new digital content focus. Instead of producing new 30-minute broadcast shows, Joan Cartan-Hansen and the Science Trek team will deliver more online-first content.

“Each month, we explore a scientific subject with digital shorts available on the Science Trek website, on a new Facebook page for parents and teachers, on YouTube, and on PBS Learning Media, a free, online media-on-demand service developed for preK-12 educators,” says Cartan-Hansen. The Science Trek team is even experimenting with 360-degree immersive video production.

Cartan-Hansen says in addition to the video, each month’s topic will have facts, links, reading lists, lesson plans, games and other educational support material all available on the website. The Science Trek website has more than 90 different scientific topics with video and supporting educational material all correlated to Idaho’s science standards and the Common Core science standards.

Science Trek is made possible through funding from Idaho National Laboratory.

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