Parks and Open Space

For School Children

The following programs are under development. If you'd like to volunteer with any of these programs, please contact the Arboretum Educator, Katie Bird, at 775-785-4153 or kbird@washoecounty.us 

Teen Birding 

Intended for ages 12 and over, this program will introduce what bird watching (birding) is, how to identify birds by sight and sound, and why the hobby can be useful for environmental scientists. Teens will spend ample time outdoors field birding, creating eBird checklists, and taking field notes in a journal. We will encourage self discovery through mini experiments, drawing, and writing poetry. Additionally, we would like to host a guest ornithologist to tell us about their bird research. The program will most likely be a month long series, which will meet one day a week for three hours. Ideally each participant would have access to a smartphone with the apps eBird and Merlin (available for both iPhone and Android).

Dates coming soon!

Investigating Insects

Intended for ages 10-12, this program will introduce the fundamentals of entomology, engage kids in the importance of citizen science, and encourage journaling and photography as ways of hands-on learning. Kids will spend ample time outdoors, documenting the variety of insect species we have in the gardens, as well as the plants the bugs depend on. Through this exploration, children will learn some basics of ecology and taxonomy. This program will use an app called iNaturalist, which is available on both iPhone and Android smartphones. It will most likely be a month long series, which will meet one day a week for three hours.

Dates coming soon!

Bioblitz Series

Intended for ages 10 and over, this series introduces a competitive component of environmental science: how many species of plants, animals, or fungi can you find in the Arboretum? Can you photograph and identify them all? Kids will engage their senses in a biological survey race: think Pokemon Go, but with real-life creatures! This program will use an app called iNaturalist, which is available on both iPhone and Android smartphones. It will most likely be a series of one time events, based on age groups. 

Dates coming soon!

Teen Citizen Scientists

Intended for teens 14 and over, this program will delve into the world of citizen science, scientific thought, and project design. Teens will use the platform iNaturalist to design their own observational or experimental study, collect data from the gardens, and create a presentation showing what they learned. There may be opportunities for students to write short scientific reports as well, to be published by the Arboretum! This program would work well for students interested in environmental research, biology, or have a passion for the outdoors or science. We will use an app called iNaturalist, which is available on both iPhone and Android smartphones. The program will most likely be a month long series, which will meet one day a week for three hours.

Dates coming soon!

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