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Sierra to Sea

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Presented By Earthwatch Institute
Goal Monitor Meadows in the Sierra Nevada of North America
Task Collect soil, plant, and greenhouse gas samples
Where Alder Creek Middle School, Southeast Cavalier Way, Oatfield, Clackamas County, Oregon, United States of America

Help scientists understand soil carbon dynamics in Sierra Nevada meadows and get hands on experience while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Sierra Nevada.

Learn about how meadows function. Sierra Nevada meadows store substantial amounts of carbon, even more than the forests that surround them. Soil carbon is an important part of these valuable ecosystems, helping them store water and become biodiversity hot spots.

Discover how soil carbon fluxes are influenced by changes in plant communities

Project Timing These one day events train volunteers to collect greenhouse gas, soil, and plant samples alongside scientists. The data you collect will be used by scientists at the University of Nevada, Reno to understand the impacts of encroachment and inform management of this critical habitat. Please contact for more information!
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Ideal Age Group High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Several hours
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a hike
Tags biodiversity, citizen science, donner pass, earthwatch, greenhouse gas, meadows, sierra nevada, soil carbon, tahoe national forest, truckee, water
Project Updated 05/23/2018