Teen Summer Science Expedition

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Imagine camping at Mt. Rainier and helping a scientist gather data for an environmental research project. If you're a student in grades 9-12 you can do just that this August.

It's Pacific Science Center's new Global Citizens, Local Science experience coming up August 4-8, 2014 at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue.

Students will:

  • Understand and communicate effects of climate change as they explore the science of our local environment.
  • Train and participate in citizen science efforts to collect critical vegetation and habitat data.
  • Utilize specific protocols and research methodologies for online data submission, and interact with scientists who use citizen science data in their research.

Yes, this is real science. Students will apply their new skills on a camping and research trip to Mt. Rainier to make important phenology observations.

"They will do real science that is really going to be used by a researcher from the University of Washington," says Leilani Nussman who manages the program. They will help collect data that "she and her grad students are using to monitor the effects of climate change on the ecosystems on Mt. Rainier."

Members of the expedition work out of the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center 9 a.m.-4 p.m. the first three days, then depart for the overnight trip Thursday at 8 a.m. and return by 6 p.m. Friday.

Make this a summer adventure to remember and help our community have a better understanding of our local environment.

For questions, call Education Registration at (206) 443-2925 or register online.