Presenter: Josh Leonard, Belwin Outdoor Science, St. Paul Public Schools
Target Grade/Age of Students: Grades 3-5, 7-10, 12
Description: Can we see climate change? Let's start with seeing changes in climate, or changes in *microclimates* In other words, let's compare sunny versus shady parts of an outside area close to you - a schoolyard, backyard, park or forest. Participants will compare temperatures and/or plant growth in shaded vs. sunny (north vs. south-facing) areas around a building or tree. We will use dandelions as a model, but it isn't necessary to have dandelions to participate.
John Latimer (firstname.lastname@example.org) presents Phenology programs to schools throughout MN.
Journey North Tulip Test Gardens: https://journeynorth.org/tm/tulips/AboutSpring.html
Signs of Spring Scavenger Hunt - From Nature Seeker Workbook by Larry Wade https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dBetm-zZuxJxsso16pAgjLVZyOv5DcUS/view?usp=sharing
Presenter: Marte Kitson, Minnesota Sea Grant
Target Grade/Age of Students: Elementary & Middle School
Description: How to Participate in the Great Lakes Bioblitz using iNaturalist. What is the Great Lakes Bioblitz? A bioblitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many wild, living things as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. This bioblitz focuses on the Canadian provinces and the states that have coastline on the Great Lakes. It begins on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2021
and ends four weeks later on Thursday, May 20, 2021.
Another iNaturalist Project: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/biocubes
prairiemoon.com - Range map for native plants
Presenter: Anna Jennerjohn and Elizabeth Stretch, UofM, College of Education & Human Development
Target Grade/Age of Students: Grades 2-6
Description: Help students develop their innate sense of wonder about the world around them, and support them in asking and answering questions. We will explore the “Wonder Wander” technique in which students make observations and write questions about their nearby nature. Then we will make further literacy/science connections by creating Haikus from the wonderings. Students can connect to nature right outside their window whether they are learning from home or at school. Please bring a notebook and something to write with and, if possible, a view out the window.