Check out a new video by Sheril Kirshenbaum - well-respected scientist, blogger, and author of Unscientific America. In this video, Kirshenbaum notes that: "Just 18 percent of Americans know a scientist personally."
Many of our Environmental Science Education programs aim to improve American experience and personal connection with science. The Driven to Discover: Enabling Youth Inquiry through Citizen Science involves youth with professional scientists, who support their inquiry projects. Youth participants interact closely with natural resources professionals during Field Day programs. One of the goals of the Minnesota Master Naturalist program is to connect volunteers into their larger communities of science and stewardship. Fostering these connections is a critical step toward achieving the "engaged scientific public" for which Kirshenbaum calls.