We’re getting students involved in and excited about the scientific process through genuine scientific investigations!
What is the Nature’s Academy Citizen Science Project?
Nature’s Academy is a partner in an exciting cross-regional water quality monitoring project. The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) is developing a website where citizen science data on water quality, biodiversity, and coastal cleanups can be uploaded and analyzed. Nature’s Academy and the Galveston Bay Foundation (TX) are the first two organizations participating in this pilot project, allowing students in Florida and Texas to see and compare each other’s data.
What is Citizen Science?
Citizen Science happens when the general public helps to collect and analyze data from the natural world. Oftentimes this is done through collaborative projects that are monitored by professional scientists. There are many different types of projects that cover a range of science topics and incorporate other subject areas, too, so there are lots of options for incorporating this into your life both in and outside of the classroom!
Why do we do Citizen Science?
Citizen Science allows students and community members to participate in collecting real, meaningful data that can used by scientists and policy-makers. Students are actively engaged in carrying out part of a scientific investigation, so they are “learning by doing.”
How can I get involved?
The best way to get involved is to participate in a Nature’s Academy field trip! We collect data on water temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, salinity, species abundance, coastal litter, etc., as part of our educational programming. If your class or a volunteer group would like to submit coastal clean-up data to our database, send us an email and click the “Enter Your Own Coastal Cleanup Data” button below to submit your data.
If you have already participated in our citizen science data collection or are unable to do so, you can still use the data in the classroom! Click below to see our Citizen Science Database. The Teacher Data Sets show ways to incorporate the data into the classroom based on the Manatee County 5th grade Common Core Curriculum.