Dr. Brittney Beck and National Geographic Explorer Anne Haywood wrote this post. How can we inspire learners of all ages to engage with the world and contribute to cutting-edge scientific research? What if we said you could join teams of scientists and National Geographic Explorers without leaving your school community? Well, you can! Explore global citizen science and its potential for teaching and learning through … Continue reading Learn the Ins and Outs of Citizen Science in This Brand-New Course
This post was written by educator & 2019 National Geographic Education Fellow Anne Lewis. I might not be paying attention to the days or weeks anymore, but there’s one thing on my calendar that I’ve been celebrating in April and that’s Citizen Science Month. What is “citizen science”? It is when members of the public–like you!–participate in real scientific research. This could be anything big … Continue reading Celebrate Citizen Science Month: Collect, Collaborate, and Learn from Anywhere
Andrea Sayler fostered her students’ curiosity of the natural world by holding a BioBlitz in the nature preserve near their school. A BioBlitz is an event that brings together community members to find and identify as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. Andrea’s students used the data they gathered to develop research projects on flora or fauna that interested them. They shared their findings with their school community. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: A Student-Led Exploration of Local Species
Judy Joung teaches 9th-grade biology at Schurz High School in Chicago, IL. She took students on a field trip to a state park, where they completed a modified BioBlitz and shared their findings using iNaturalist. A BioBlitz is an event that brings together community members to find and identify as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Discovering Biodiversity Close to Home
It’s time to get out and explore! The 2014 Bioblitz is this Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 in several national parks, including Muir Woods National Monument, Fort Point National Historic Site, and locations in Golden Gate National Recreation Area including the Giacomini wetlands, Muir Beach, the Marin Headlands, Crissy Field, the Presidio, Mori Point, and Rancho Corral de Tierra. A BioBlitz is a 24-hour … Continue reading It’s Finally Here—BioBlitz 2014!