By Alycia Crall September 20th, 2016 at 7:49 pm | Comment
Join practitioners and researchers from across the field of citizen science from May 17-20 in Saint Paul, Minnesota for the 2017 Citizen Science Association conference. Sessions will span disciplines and sectors, with a focus on making citizen science relevant and useful to more communities.
The conference will feature keynote speakers, concurrent sessions and poster presentations, a citizen science festival hosted by the Science Museum of Minnesota, and opportunities to showcase your project in front of a growing community.
Want to Participate?
- Check-out the Citizen Science Association Working Groups
- Read about the four ways to share your work at the conference and submit an abstract by October 10
- Gather colleagues and organize a symposium
- Influence the conference program: sign-up to review proposals to make your voice count
Find full conference details on the conference website, join the CSA Conference Facebook group for updates, and follow the organization on Twitter (@CitSciAssoc #CitSci2017). Membership in the Citizen Science Association is open and free, so it’s easy to become a member.
By Kristin Butler September 16th, 2016 at 9:50 am | Comment
When we think about climate change, we usually picture extreme temperatures, mega-storms, and rising seas disrupting our collective future.
But climate change is also erasing our past.
At our poles, melting ice is exposing and washing out new archeological discoveries. In the world’s arid regions, severe sandstorms are unearthing and eroding buried treasures. And on our coasts, rainstorms are revealing ancient reserves and wiping them out, often before scientists can study them. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eva Lewandowski September 15th, 2016 at 12:54 pm | Comment
By Carolyn Graybeal September 14th, 2016 at 4:52 pm | Comment
In the next two posts, as part of our SciStarter in the Classroom collection, guest contributor Ben Graves will share his personal experiences and advice for using citizen science in the classroom. Graves is a fellow with the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation, which supports a small cohort of early-career teachers across the United States with intensive professional development. He teaches AP Environmental Science and freshman environmental science at Delta High School, a rural school in western Colorado. Before moving to Colorado, Ben was deeply involved in environmental education and citizen science initiatives with youth in the national parks, including leading volunteer trail crews across Alaska and teaching inquiry-based science workshops for students and teachers at NatureBridge, an organization that provides environmental science programming in the national parks.
I spend lot of my summer outdoors—in my garden, running and biking in the mountains, learning new approaches to teaching outdoor and experiential science. As the end of the summer nears, I think about how to get my science students outside. Science doesn’t need to be contained inside a classroom, and I have found that citizen science projects are a great way to get students outdoors and keep them engaged throughout the school year.
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By Eva Lewandowski September 8th, 2016 at 1:36 pm | Comment