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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

AQTreks (AirQuailty Treks)

In AQTreks, students use a Personal Air Monitor (PAM) to measure air pollutants along mobile “Treks” of their design. The PAM wirelessly connects to mobile phones and Treks are displayed in real-time on the AQTreks smartphone application. Each Trek is automatically uploaded via to the AQTreks website for online analysis, discussion, and comparison with other schools.

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National Institute of Environmental Health Services

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

Biodiversity PEEK STEAM Curriculum

Biodiversity PEEK students spend time outside observing and wondering about the wild plants and animals we often overlook. Biodiversity PEEK kids do real, meaningful citizen-science using digital photography and an international database. Through a guided nature journal students develop their own questions, investigate/research some of these questions, share their findings and develop a feasible biodiversity project.

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The Biodiversity Group

BirdSleuth K-12

BirdSleuth K-12 creates innovative resources that build science skills while inspiring young people to connect to local habitats, explore biodiversity, and engage in citizen science projects. With an inquiry-based approach to science curriculum, kids are engaged in scientific study and real data collection throught the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s exciting citizen science projects.

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The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Bugs In Our Backyard

Bugs In Our Backyard is an educational outreach and collaborative research program, providing project-based learning opportunities for K-12 students– or anyone! The core activity for BioB takes advantage of the bugs in your own backyard, schoolyard or neighborhood. Students can become citizen-scientists by surveying this diversity of insects and plants.

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National Science Foundation, Colby College

Caterpillars Count!

A major goal of the Caterpillars Count! project is to provide a structured way for students and other interested individuals to learn more about the caterpillars and other insects that play a crucial role in our ecosystem.

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The University of North Carolina

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

Driven to Discover

The “Driven to Discover: Enabling Authentic Inquiry through Citizen Science” program is designed around an inquiry-based curriculum for youth. The curriculum uses nationally known citizen science programs (eBird & The Monarch Larva Monitoring Project) as the basis for teaching youth how to engage in science the way scientists do.

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