Community Issues Forum
No Child Left Inside: How Can We Help Connect Children with Nature?
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Central Resource Library
Is there such a thing as “nature-deficit disorder?” Do children have a biological need to be exposed to the natural world? Whose responsibility is it to make sure that kids get a chance to encounter nature and how can we make sure that these opportunities are available to all? Join our panel of experts from the fields of science, education and community development to explore this important topic.
You can register and find more info at: http://www.jocolibrary.org/childrenandnature
This year’s Spring field trip will be on Saturday, June 6, at Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area.
From Fort Hays Univeristy Wetlands Education Center Website
We will be meeting at 10am at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center at the Bottoms. We have reserved a classroom there, and are asking participants to bring any materials we can use to collaborate and create a lesson/lab or two that we can then take back and do with our classrooms next year. That may mean bringing laptops, microscopes, slides, petri dishes, dropping pipettes, cameras, nets, buckets, binoculars, etc. The classroom that is reserved has tables and chairs, and that is about it, so we need to bring all of our own lab equipment.
For those who want to arrive Friday and camp out, we will be at the Venango campground at Kanopolis State Park, about 45 minutes northeast of Cheyenne Bottoms. Friday evening we will have fly fishing, bird watching, and other activities for those who are interested. Please bring your own camping gear and food. (Please see the Venango link for camping costs).
Friends and family are welcome! Hope to see you there!
A Collaborative Learning Space for Science
As I paged my way through the most recent issue of Nature, I was intrigued by a Nature advertisement claiming “There’s new life in science education… Online.” A few minutes later, I navigated to the website advertised. Here is what I found after a few minutes of surfing.
As noted at this new Nature website, Scitable is…
A free science library and personal learning tool brought to you by Nature Publishing Group, the world’s leading publisher of science.
Scitable currently concentrates on genetics, the study of evolution, variation, and the rich complexity of living organisms. As you cultivate your understanding of modern genetics on Scitable, you will explore not only what we know about genetics and the ways it impacts our society, but also the data and evidence that supports our knowledge.