Renee’ Ekhoff

Curriculum Lead and Science educator

Grand Island Senior High
Contact Information
Higher Education Degrees
B.S., Chemistry and Physics, University of Nebraska at Kearney, M.S. Curriculum and Instruction, Doane College

Climate change has caused increased heat, drought, and insect  outbreaks. In turn, these changes have made wildfires more numerous and  severe. The warming climate has also caused a decline in water supplies,  reduced agricultural yields, and triggered heat-related health impacts in cities.

Project Description

I work in a very urban school setting.  Most of my students do not know about the  land or even what part agriculture plays in their lives.  The goal of my project was to show students  the importance of maintaining our rangelands through proper management.  We looked at the history of prairie fires  and their importance in maintaining a healthy rangeland by decreasing  invasive species and increasing biodiversity.   The focus was on using the RAP (rangeland analysis program) to  evaluate the woody encroachment in areas around the lower 48 states.  Students were able to use the program to  compare today’s rangelands with images of the rangelands from the past.  Students were able to communicate the  importance of using prescribed burns and grazing to help control woody encroachment.

Renee’ Ekhoff