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Take Your Kids Teleworking with Citizen Science to Understand Our Earth

Let's Celebrate Citizen Science Month, Earth Day, and
Take Your Kids to Work Day!

Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 11:00 - 12:00 PM ET

April is Citizen Science Month!
April 22 is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day!
April 23 is 
Take Your Kids to Work Day!

Disruption to daily education is affecting nearly 1.5 billion learners around the world and nearly 30 million students in the US, as more teachers and teleworking parents are having to shift to doing educational activities at home. Citizen Science allows people of all ages to contribute to science virtually anywhere, making them fun social and educational activities that contribute to science while maintaining safe "physical" distancing. You and your kids can help advance scientific knowledge by asking questions, reporting observations, conducting experiments, collecting data, or developing low-cost technologies and open-source code online, on a mobile phone, at home, in your backyard, or outdoors! In this Ignite Open Innovation (OI) Forum, Eleanour Snow, Erin Posthumus, Sally Cook, and Sophia B Liu will share citizen science projects and other educational resources that have been developed by the USGS, other federal agencies, and other organizations.

Articles about Citizen Science and STEM Resources for Learning at Home

Ignite Open Innovation (OI) Forum

Series of talks and open discussions to inform the USGS Open Innovation Strategy

Eleanour Snow

USGS Office of Science Quality and Integrity
Youth and Education in Science Program

Eleanour Snow is the national manager of Youth and Education programs for the U.S. Geological Survey. She will explain the USGS Learning from Home curriculum recently developed as well as other USGS Resources for Teachers.

Erin Posthumus

USA National Phenology Network (NPN)
Outreach Coordinator and US Fish & Wildlife Service Liaison 

Erin Posthumus leads USA-National Phenology Network's outreach and engagement efforts with Nature's Notebook observers and USA-NPN partners. She is also the USA-NPN's liaison to the US Fish & Wildlife Service and is working with National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) across the country to implement phenology monitoring to meet their resource management goals. Erin coordinates USA-NPN's outreach and engagement efforts through communication with observers and resource development. She works with NWRs across the country to implement phenology monitoring to meet Refuge resource management and outreach goals. Erin will explain the National Phenology Network as well as the Nature's Notebook Education Program and how NPN is providing guidance in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Consider reading the Director of NPN Theresa Crimmins' recent Op-Ed in the Arizona Daily Star about how citizen science programs offer great options for families during the current public health crisis. Also, check out the 2015 season of the Emmy-winning PBS Kids SciGirls on Citizen Science. Middle school girls and their mentors participate in several projects, including Nature's Notebook! Watch the Flower Power Episode (Spanish version)!

Sally (Sarah) Cook

USGS National Land Imaging Program

The USGS in partnership with AmericaView Provides Distance Learning Tools for Remote Sensing Science

A critical component of the AmericaView ( mission is to provide freely available, online educational and outreach resources that support K-12, undergraduate, and graduate students. These resources offer opportunities to understand Earth sciences from the perspective of remotely sensed (satellite) data. The topics covered range from memory building, programming, and image interpretation to educational games and pattern recognition. The AV educational resources have recently been shared widely to support the national online education needs due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Online resource access to the AmericaView website has increased by more than 400 daily users accessing educational resources since information was shared by AmericaView, USGS, NASA, and the American Geosciences Institute (AGI). Over the past month there have been almost 1,000 unique users and 2,030-page views. Follow AmericaView on Facebook and Twitter. This work is completed through funding by the National Land Imaging Program, Grant #G18AP00077. For more information, please contact Tim Newman, National Land Imaging Program ( or 703.648.4405).

Sally Cook (USGS Land Imaging Program)

April is Citizen Science Month!

Other USGS Citizen Science Projects

Other Federal Citizen Science Projects and Educational Resources

Citizen Science Videos, Portals, and Upcoming Initiatives

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