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The Youth-focused Citizen and Community Science (YCCS) website offers a suite of resources and recommendations to help teachers and informal science educators involve youth in the production of authentic science. They can do this through data collection, but also interpreting or sharing findings. But what does this mean for science learning? To answer this question, a group of researchers at University of California Davis led by Dr. Heidi Ballard, along with the Center for Community and Citizen Science, began conducting case studies with YCCS projects in Northern California and bringing together key stakeholders to explore when and how YCCS works best.

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eeWORKS is a project of NAAEE, Stanford University, and other partners designed to demonstrate the impact of environmental education by substantiating powerful anecdotes of its benefits with empirical evidence. The first research review focused on the benefits of EE for K-12 students, and the team has developed a suite of tools to help the field promote these benefits. Most recently, we created a messaging guide to assist the field in communicating with key audiences.

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The toolkit was adapted from the North American Association for Environmental Education’s Guidelines for Excellence - Nonformal Environmental Education Programs and serves as an aid to AmeriCorps members who develop and administer environmental education programs in North Carolina.

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Tree in Rainforest Image by Gerry Ellis
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REI's #OptOutside campaign has grown since 2015, raising awareness around the idea that humans are becoming an indoor species, and what that means for the outdoors. This report is designed to provoke discussion around current trends and possibilities for the future about life outdoors.

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In view of the overwhelming pressures on the global environment and the need to disrupt the systems that drive them, an ecosystemic theoretical and practical framework is posited for the evaluation and planning of public policies, research and teaching programmes, encompassing four dimensions of being-in-the-world (intimate, interactive, social and biophysical), as they combine, as donors and recipients, to induce the events (deficits/assets), cope with consequences (desired/undesired) and contribute to change (potential outputs). The focus is not on the “bubbles” of the surface (consequences, fragmented issues), but on the configurations deep inside the boiling pot where the problems emerge.

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Medical Alert! Climate Change is Harming Our Health is the title of a report and a campaign led by a consortium of 11 medical societies representing more than half of the doctors in the U.S. Their website contains the report, posters, presentation slides, some state/regional specifics, and numerous links to relevant info.

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SMNHC Educator teaching 5th grade class in 2016
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Since 1967, the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico has guided students on outdoor environmental education programs that provide hands-on opportunities to hike, explore, learn about, and do scientific research in their local ecosystem. The SMNHC is run as a partnership between Albuquerque Public Schools (one of the largest school districts in the country) and the State of New Mexico.

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Phenology Walk and Trail Guide
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Interested in using citizen science for your program? Want to connect to local researchers who will be using data for place-based projects? Consider developing a Local Phenology Project in your area and partnering with other like-minded organizations to sponsor a long-term phenology (plant and animal life cycle event) monitoring program for research and management. Our Phenology Walk and Trail Guide will show you how.

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