FROM THE FIELD

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BLINDFOLDS, BINOCULARS & TABLETS: ENHANCING OUTDOOR CURIOSITY THROUGH MOBILE TECHNOLOGY

  • Ilya Shmulenson, M.Ed., Keep Austin Beautiful

Mobile devices, such as tablets and digital microscopes, should be added to the list of field tools utilized by environmental educators. These devices create wonder and offer opportunities for in-depth investigation, photojournalism and data entry while keeping students engaged outdoors.

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ENGAGING MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS IN OUTDOOR LEARNING

  • Donald Perkins, Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) has developed two programs that blur the distinction between formal and informal education, hands-on and digital: Vital Signs (hunting for invasive species) and PowerHouse (reducing household energy consumption). GMRI’s President/CEO shared their experiences, successes and failures while developing and refining these programs.

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THE GREAT NATURE PROJECT

  • Elena Takaki, National Geographic Society

The Great Nature Project is a worldwide celebration of our planet’s natural wonders and a massive scientific undertaking to document the Earth’s incredible biodiversity. We encourage you to look for living organisms, snap pictures of those organisms, and upload the pictures to The Great Nature Project website. By doing so, we are collaboratively creating a global snapshot of our world’s amazing array of life.