One thing the Notes from Nature team has been interested in doing from the start, but hasn’t yet found the time to squeeze in, is to develop educational materials utilizing the Notes from Nature content and release it via the Zooniverse ZooTeach site. For those who have never heard of ZooTeach, it is described as a place “where educators can share high quality lesson plans & resources that compliment the Zooniverse citizen science projects.”
Are you a teacher? Do you love Notes from Nature? Would you like to integrate it into your curriculum? If yes, please reply to this post with a comment to begin a conversation about how to do this. We’re eager to reach a broader audience and partner with you!
Notes from Nature is a project that spans the United States, and in the future, will hopefully span the globe. Our citizen scientists certainly come from around the world. I’ve put together a map to look at where our crowd funders come from thus far. How far can we reach in getting support and expanding this project?
Take a look at where our current crowd funders come from and click on the map to go to our campaign page.
Here’s an interesting article entitled “Vanishing act: Conservationists make the case for saving Albemarle County’s rare and threatened habitats” from the C-Ville Weekly, one of the local news sources in Charlottesville, VA. Have you found any specimen in Notes from Nature that come from habitats like the rock outcrop discussed in this article? Some of the specimen in the Mountain Lake Biological Station collection were even collected right in this area!
If you love Notes from Nature, you may be interested to know that we reached the first 10% of our crowd funding campaign goal at the end of the first week! We presently have 27 contributors and are eager to share this effort with many more. Funds from this campaign will help us to hire student interns who will focus entirely on communications and outreach between the scientists on the team and the citizen scientists who make such an important contribution to the project. Thank you to everyone who has helped make this as a success so far. We hope you’ll share the message!
Visit the campaign page here: https://uva.useed.net/projects/84/home
If you’ve appreciated our blog posts in the past covering various dimensions of why the data generated through Notes from Nature matters, and how this work impacts future scientific understanding of the world around us, you might like this video from Tim Hersch (Senior Programme Officer for Engagement, Global Biodiversity Information Facility). Mr. Hersch specifically talks about why it’s so important to get access to all the specimen stored in museum drawers and cabinets all around the world, as well as the benefits of citizen science to addressing these issues. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to listen!
We are happy to announce the launch of our crowd funding campaign!
We believe that citizen scientists can play a significant role in helping researchers gain access to the wealth of information held within the more than 2 billion biological specimens around the world. Access to this information is critical for answering all sorts of questions ranging from how species change to the effects of public policies. In this campaign, we will be raising money to support the Notes from Nature citizen science crowd sourcing project through the hiring of student interns who will strengthen our engagement between the science teams and the vital citizen scientists. The crowd funding campaign and this specific internship work is being managed through our partners at the University of Virginia, but will support outreach activities across the entire Notes from Nature community.
We just launched our fundraising campaign today with a goal to raise $10,000. Although we have 45 days to raise this money, we are hoping to start out strong! Every gift counts, so I hope you will join us in supporting this cause. Please share this message with your friends and family, and anyone who you think may be interested in this exciting citizen science project.
Visit our campaign page: https://uva.useed.net/projects/84/home