Carolyn Finney describes the history of the environmental movement and the part race, representation, and rhetoric play. Media and policies tend to make outdoor activity and spaces seem like white people are the only ones recreating. She shares example after example of African Americans’ historical and current connection to the outdoors.
This short resource gives prompts to consider in planning for and reflecting on your teaching and learning sessions. See examples of how bias influences our work, and use the prompts as suggestions to ensure you reach learners in more inclusive ways.
This article focuses on leadership in work environments. How are equity and inclusion vital to EE? How do perspectives of success in that realm differ based on one’s role and identity? For example, some EE leaders focused on “access” while environmental educators of color called for a deeper recognition of systemic oppression.
FieldScope is an interactive platform, run by BSCS Science Learning, which allows organizers of field studies to leverage sophisticated graphing and mapping tools to enhance existing and future citizen science projects. Participants of all ages and backgrounds can conveniently upload measurements, observations, and media to a shared project database.
Hundreds of thousands of people contribute bird observations to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (CLO). Scientists use these data to understand how birds are affected by habitat loss, climate, and environmental changes. These insights inform actions to protect birds and habitats. CLO offers several citizen science projects that work well in educational settings.
Zooniverse is a large global platform where volunteers can assist many different professional researchers. All projects can be accessed via the internet, making it easy to participate regardless of where you are in the world. Contributors study authentic objects, like videos of animals in natural habitats or specimens from museum collections.
This is a brief post on the Citizen Science Association’s blog. It is designed to highlight how learning is possible through participation in citizen science and to pose questions that encourage the organizers of citizen science projects to consider the many ways they might serve, inspire, and support current and future participants.
This research-to-practice toolkit contains research briefs, case studies, and educator resources for facilitating any citizen and community science projects. The resources highlight key practices that support youth in both learning science and becoming agents of change in their lives and communities.
iNaturalist is a digital tool to help you identify wildlife around you. Connect with a worldwide community who can help you learn more about nature! By recording and sharing observations, you can create research-quality data for scientists working to better understand and protect nature.
The Citizen Science Association (CSA), a member organization dedicated to the advancement of citizen science as a practice, maintains a discussion listserv where educators, researchers, and others engage in lively discussion and resource sharing over email. You do not have to be a member of the CSA to join.
This report discusses the potential of citizen science to support science learning and identifies promising practices and programs that exemplify the promising practices. It also lays out a research agenda that can fill gaps in the current understanding of how citizen science can support science learning and enhance science education.
The National Farm to School Network’s Resource Database houses the best of the best farm to school resources from partners and collaborators across the country. The database can be searched by setting (e.g., preschool, K-12 school, farm to institutions, on the farm, after school, and other), as well as by an extensive list of topic areas including school gardens, procurement, education, food justice, hunger, Native communities, fundraising, policy and more.
This guide supports and expands the planting and use of school gardens and greenhouses, farm to school activities, and the integration of plant science in the curriculum. The manual lays out a basic understanding of greenhouses, how to integrate greenhouses into lessons, and how to use greenhouses in classroom curricula and after-school activities.