A community-based program in Kachemak Bay that can be adapted for other coastal communities or for RiverWalks. Students join or organize other citizen volunteers to adopt a section of a shoreline and walk it annually, surveying changes, collecting data on marine life and human impacts, and cleaning up beach litter and marine debris. The beach…

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Students select a common and easily identifiable bird species in their region and observe when the bird species first arrives. Students use binoculars or telescopes to scan a study site and count how many they see. They continue to observe every other day until few or none of the selected species can be seen. More…

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Students identify potential breeding sites for mosquitoes, sample and count mosquito larvae, and use optional equipment to examine, photograph and identify the genus of your specimens, you will be enabling scientists to verify predictive models of mosquito population dynamics. Data can be recorded using the free GLOBE Observer app. Find out how to get the…

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Lesson plan for classroom and field-trip based activities that introduce students to the community-based research on Bidarki chitons (Katharina tunicata) and the different factors that impact Bidarki abundance, distribution, and size. Includes a field trip for collecting data about Bidarki size and abundance.

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Students learn how to measure a beach profile and calculate the slope of the beach. With repeated measurements, they calcuate the rates of erosion. Recommendations are provided for building needed equipment out of inexpensive materials that are available in Alaska rural communities.

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n this 4-5 day investigation, students prepare for fieldwork and then go into the field to practice and apply science skills. Depending on local opportunities, the field trip may take the form of an ecosystem mapping exercise, a river or stream walk, or a coast walk survey. Students return to the classroom to analyze and…

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