Description: Ever head out on a hike, find a bird, tree, or plant and look it up in your field guide only to forget what it was you looked up days later?
How can we remedy this? Technology! Learn how to create an online field guide filled with your own photos so you never have to search through books trying to remember what you saw months earlier.
Come along on a 2-hour hike through Wood-Rill SNA in Wayzata - known for it's lovely spring wildflowers - with your digital camera and/or smart phone (iPhone or Android) and create an online field guide using the website and app iNaturalist.org.
Who uses this website? Citizen scientists around the globe, teachers, students, and scientists as well. This online community of professional scientists will help individuals identify the unknown plants and animals they post on the website.
This program will introduce students to phenology (tracking changes in climate and seasonal events over time), basic identification, how to use technology to search for identification help, and how to use technology creatively.
The skills learned during this program can teach students how to start their own field guide of what is going on in their own backyards. They can track phenology locally and make those all important sense of place connections.
Students do need to bring a smart phone (iPhone or Android). Parents are welcome to come along (free of charge) to help and monitor their child's phone usage. Students may also bring along a digital camera if no smart phone is available. Internet access and/or app access is needed to upload photos and other information to the website. Hand outs will be provided for more at home website exploration.
Target grade level: This program is great for students in 4th–8th grade.
Cost per child/student: $15
Cost per adult/educator:
Registration: Register online via the link at tceec.weebly.com/programs.html
For more information, contact Lauren Borer, Naturalist, at tceec.weebly.com/contact.html or lauren.borer(at)gmail.com or visit tceec.weebly.com/programs.html.
Driving directions & parking: From downtown Long Lake 1¼ miles east on Wayzata Blvd, then continue ¼ mile ast on Old Long Lake Rd. Park in lot on south. Hike east along road to trails.