Discover the dynamics of interconnected forests, fungi networks, and the woods wide web! Create a dendrochronology analysis of weather patterns over time. Explore how a changing climate affects flora and fauna, and collect data valuable to citizen science projects.
Climate change is an urgent and often misunderstood environmental challenge. Climate and Our Changing Forest explores the role that scientific investigation and data collection plays in our understanding of climate science. Hands-on citizen science projects allow students to contribute to a wide body of scientific knowledge while learning about and participating in regional initiatives to combat the impacts of climate change.
**Capacity may be limited in compliance with public health guidelines in effect on the day of your visit.
5-LS2-1 Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants (producers), animals (consumers), decomposers, and the environment.
5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect Earth’s resources and environment.
MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
MS-LS1-5 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.
MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
HS-ESS3-6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.