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Our 1-day Summit on Connecting to Nature in an Urban World, April 19, features a morning plenary and roundtable sessions followed by interactive workshops and walkshops in the afternoon. Building on the Summit is our Conference, April 20-21, featuring keynotes speakers, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities.

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Wednesday, April 19 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Walkshop: Emammal: Exploring Nature with Students through Camera Trapping LIMITED
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Limited Capacity seats available

"Walkshops" and workshops provide hands-on opportunities to learn strategies and techniques for connecting urban children to nature.

Curriculum-linked, outdoor, citizen science projects offer the dual benefits of getting students outside exploring, and increasing their academic achievements. The project eMammal takes students outside, exploring places to position camera traps in forest patches within local neighborhoods. They predict animal species, observe cover, and look for signs of human impact. Later, students retrieve the camera, download the images, and identify the animals photographed. After sharing images to a database, students ask deeper questions about the natural world, leading them back to reposition the camera. Project participants gain a deep understanding of their local natural world and become supporters of conservation efforts. Join us to try your hand at positioning a camera trap, examining camera trap images and exploring the outdoors near the conference site. This group, featuring a scientist, a teacher using the project, and a museum educator, will provide concrete examples from eMammal across North Carolina, India, and Mexico, over the past 3 years. This project can be used as a model for new curriculum linked to outdoor activities as well as curriculum being implemented in other settings such as parks and backyards.

Max Capacity: 40

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Elizabeth D. Baird

Chief, School and Lifelong Education, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
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Cathy Belair

Teacher, Valley Springs Middle School
Experiential education is essential to students' learning. Discovering concepts through guided exploration and self-reflection is effective and builds long-term understanding. Spending time outdoors is good for the body, mind and soul and needs to be a priority among educators.
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Stephanie Schuttler

Postdoctoral Research Associate, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Stephanie Schuttler is a mammalogist with strong interests in animal behavior, molecular, and movement ecology, especially applied research that impacts the conservation of threatened and endangered species. She is working with North Carolina teachers under the Students Discover program... Read More →

Wednesday April 19, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT