On April 15 and 16, a team of University of Minnesota Extension staff from Environmental Science Education and Youth Development trained a group of 11 volunteer adult leaders for involvement in our NSF-funded Driven to Discover: Enabling Youth Inquiry through Citizen Science project. In two jam-packed days, this cohort of teachers, naturalists and youth leaders took part in hands-on activities and discussions focused on collecting citizen science data and helping youth conduct scientific investigations. During the coming summer, these leaders will work with youth groups to collect citizen science data, record and question their observations about nature, and conduct their own scientific investigations. In the fall, youth will have the opportunity to share their investigations at an Annual Research Summit.
Visit http://www.extension.umn.edu/environment/fwce/conservation-education/citizen-science/about/ to learn more about this program.