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Let's G.O.! Signature events are happening all month across the country.You can read about them here as they happen.

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On April 27, 2012, 86 4th grade students from Pine Island Elementary School in SE Minnesota celebrated graduating from elementary school with an event called, Movin' On Up: Trees and Class of 2020.  They planted 50 trees near a city park and the Zumbro River, collected invertebrates and fished in the Zumbro River, and had a scavenger hunt in the park.  Several community groups supported the event as you can see at http://childrenandnature.ning.com/photo/albums/movin-on-up-trees-an...

 

All of the students, staff and community members had a great time and students took trees home to plant from the Arbor Day Group with the MN DNR.  It was a great time had by all and we're so glad we were chosen to be one of the Signature Events.

Thanks again!

Katie Dudley said:

On April 27, 2012, 86 4th grade students from Pine Island Elementary School in SE Minnesota celebrated graduating from elementary school with an event called, Movin' On Up: Trees and Class of 2020.  They planted 50 trees near a city park and the Zumbro River, collected invertebrates and fished in the Zumbro River, and had a scavenger hunt in the park.  Several community groups supported the event as you can see at http://childrenandnature.ning.com/photo/albums/movin-on-up-trees-an...

 

All of the students, staff and community members had a great time and students took trees home to plant from the Arbor Day Group with the MN DNR.  It was a great time had by all and we're so glad we were chosen to be one of the Signature Events.

North Carolina hosted a Let’s G.O.! (Get Outside) Signature Event for the second year. The event was held at the Prairie Ridge Ecostation as part of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences Nature Resource Center Grand Opening. The North Carolina Children and Nature Coalition (NCCAN!) partnered with the Museum in promoting the event and helping to get the word out statewide.  

On Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, Prairie Ridge Ecostation hosted programs designed to introduce children and their families to what scientists do and to acquaint them with citizen science projects in which they can participate to help the scientists with their work while helping children build connections to the natural world. Programs were led by professionals, volunteers and youth!  Friday evening, families joined Jeff Beane, curator of the Museum’s herpetology collection, to listen for frogs (Frog Watch and Calling Amphibian Survey Program). Then, Steve Hall, (DENR) and Ed Corey (NC State Parks) led a group which monitored moths at several sampling sites (National Moth Week). Solar lights were installed to make the trails safe and accessible. Now, Prairie Ridge can offer more night programming in the future.

 

On Saturday, Keith Jensen, NCMNS volunteer, demonstrated bird banding (North American Bird Banding Program). Two of the Museum’s Junior Curators led families through the Ecostation to monitor frog pipes and coverboards (Carolina Herp Atlas). Finally, Scott Anderson, NC Wildlife Resources Commission biologist, demonstrated how to monitor bird nests (NestWatch).  Several of the families who visited were new to the idea of citizen science, but all were enthusiastic to learn about activities they could do together in the outdoors which are not only enjoyable, but also make a contribution to scientific research. NCCAN! will do some follow-up to continue to encourage families participating in these Museum outdoor events to get outside in their communities and in their backyards.

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