Seize the Data Citizen Science Programs: Join us in an Outdoor-Science Adventure


Join Arboretum Educators in helping scientists track plant and animal populations and behaviors using citizen science! Scientists around the world need help collecting data, and with a few basic tools and methods Citizen Scientists of all ages can contribute to real science. Upon completion of the program you can continue the adventure by logging your own discoveries online! Participation can be credited toward Criteria II hours for the NC Environmental Education Certification Program.

Seize the Data programs are supported by the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation and are free to the public (regular parking fees apply). Programs begin in the Trellis Classroom at the Education Center and run from 10:00 am to 11:30 am on the third Saturday of each month.


Spring 2014 Program Schedule

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March 15: Seize the Data Citizen Science Day, Salamanders!

Join Citizen Science Education Assistant Luke Williamson in an exploration of the salamanders that call the Southern Appalachians home. We'll meet spotted salamanders in our classroom then head out to learn about the field methods used in collecting terrestrial salamanders in breeding season. Other amphibians such as wood frogs may also be encountered.  Participants will learn how to identify salamander species and how to upload observations to the Carolina Herp Atlas. Meets NC Environmental Education Certification for Criteria 2 and 3.




April 19: Seize the Data Citizen Science Day, Project NestWatch Egg Hunt

Learn the basics of bird nest identification and nesting behaviors shown by loal birds. We'll learn about how to spot nests and attract birds, and head outside to view nesting activity. Participants will learn how to contribute real science data of birds nesting in backyards to the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology's Project NestWatch. Meets NC Environmental Education Certification for Criteria 2 and 3.



May 17: Seize the Data Citizen Science Day, Stream Quality Monitoring

Trout, salamanders and other aquatic animals depend upon healthy streams to survive. Help us monitor the health of Wolf Branch, a tributary of Bent Creek. We'll conduct basic water chemistry tests and observe the physical qualities of the stream. Participatns will use aquatic nets to capture, identify and release aquatic macroinvertebrates such as stoneflies, mayflies and caddisflies. These insects are bioindicaotrs, meaning they provide insight as to the quality of a stream. Participants should be prepared to enter a knee-deep stream and will need a vehicle to access the creek for the hands-on exploration. Meets NC Environmental Education Certification for Criteria 2 and 3.