Camile Clarke led her high school students on a study of how human activities affect forest biomes in the Caribbean. Students conducted a field experience around their school in central Jamaica to observe characteristics of the local soil and vegetation as well as map the human impact on the natural landscape. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Examining Local Flora
Patrick Blessinger, this week’s Educator of the Week, finds ways to connect his students with the natural world despite their school’s inner-city location. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Finding Nature in the City
Beth Guzzetta, this week’s Educator of the Week, organizes international programs that emphasize field research as well as respect for other cultures and environments. Beth is a middle school math and science teacher and an international research educator at Allendale Columbia School in Rochester, New York. You seem to have a pretty unique role at your school. Can you tell me about it? I’m a classroom … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Lessons from the Field
UNITED STATES The US aviation regulator has announced the six states that will host sites for testing commercial use of drones. (BBC) Plot the test sites on our 1-Page Map of the United States. Use different markers for different tests, and guess where the (unannounced) tests on the West Coast will be. Discussion Ideas The test sites described in the BBC article are being tested … Continue reading US Announces Test Sites for Domestic Drones
The first day of bioblitz is officially here! As you’re reading this, National Geographic staff is descending upon Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve in New Orleans, Louisiana to conduct a bioblitz, or biological inventory, alongside the National Park Service and more than one thousand volunteers. Lucky for me, I get to lead some of the visiting groups of local school kids on terrestrial inventories. … Continue reading Who’s Afraid of Jean Lafitte?