Educator Resources: College

Adopt-a-Beach for Your Classroom

This service learning program lets you teach outdoors at your local Great Lakes shoreline. Students learn about the environment while they investigate beach health, remove litter, and enter their findings into an online database.

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Alliance for the Great Lakes

Backyard Bark Beetles

This citizen science project provides a rare opportunity for the public to participate in real-world scientific research. Participants help to advance our understanding of bark and ambrosia beetles, which will help us to protect forests and the species that depend on them. This project has been designed as an easy and fun activity to teach kids and adults about these amazing and important creatures.

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University of Florida

Building a Bat House

Building a bat house is a great way to help these threatened animals. Once you’ve built your bat house, identified suitable habitat to install it, and it is successfully inhabited, join WDNR’s roost monitoring project. Through this project you can let bat researchers know about what kinds of bats inhabit your bat house, and how many bats you get each year.

*Supports Wisconsin Bat Program

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Citizen-based Monitoring Program

CosmoQuest

Today, scientific discoveries ranging from finding new planets orbiting alien stars to finding light echoes from quasars are all being made by everyday people working as citizen scientists. CosmoQuest citizen science projects include: Moon Mappers, Mars Mappers, Mercury Mappers, Vesta Mappers, and Image Detective.

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CosmoQuest, NASA

Making a Worm Observatory

Making a earthworm observatory is a great way to see for yourself what earthworms do and how they might change ecosystems when they invade. You can set up a demonstration observatory in your classroom or nature center, or students can use small observatories to conduct their own experiments! Lessons are aligned to standards.

*Supports Great Lakes Worm Watch

Sponsors

Great Lakes Worm Watch

Project Nightjar

The project aims to increase our understanding of camouflage in the wild and its relationship with survival. To do this we study the camouflage of ground nesting birds, and their eggs and chicks. Play games to help with the research.

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Sensory Ecology and Evolution, University of Exter, University of Cambridge, Bioscience for the Future

Project NOAH

Project Noah was created to provide people of all ages with a simple, easy-to-use way to share their experiences with wildlife. By encouraging your students to share their observations and contribute to Project Noah missions, you not only help students to reconnect with nature, you provide them with real opportunities to make a difference.

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National Geographic