Maps of Ecosystems

Very nice maps of North America by region or by states, in a variety of different levels of detail, are available from

If you ask nicely you can sometimes get a large classroom copy mailed to you.


One example of how to use this is to post them side-by-side with a geology map of the same area, or a precipitation map and have the students looks for similarities and patterns in the distribution of vegetation types and the surface geology.  They can also look for patterns in the distribution of vegetation types and the amount of precipitation, or of any other weather characteristic you might be able to generate maps of.  Shown is Oklahoma but these are available for most states and regions.

Vegetation Maps of Oklahoma

There are several maps of where in the state the vegetation types are, or historically were.  The classic study is the map of 15 different kinds of vegetation.  A smaller copy appears above, and a link to the image is below.  Remember – when it comes to images, link, don’t lift!

A more simplified (12 vegetation types) but more clear map, in pdf format is at

There are other maps on this blog – geology, etc.  Just search to see what you find that you can use in your classroom!