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valerieanne
06-15-2013, 07:54 PM
Taking my summer sabbatical! Wanted to list these programs for looky-loos planning/working over the summer months. Happy summer days to all...

These are all participatory, project-based, secular and require you to submit data for full participation. It is possible to reap the lesson benefits without actually joining/reporting your findings. All offer free support materials.

Journey North (http://www.learner.org/jnorth/): species-specific phenology studies; Mystery Class-comparing photoperiod, latitude/longitude and cultural clues to identify the location of participating classes world-wide; Tulip Test Garden-measuring photoperiod, soil and air temperatures and their impact on plant change/growth. FREE

Nature Watch (http://www.naturewatch.ca/english/): FrogWatch, IceWatch, PlantWatch, WormWatch.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology (http://birds.cornell.edu/pfw/): FeederWatch, LoonWatch, NestWatch, OwlWatch, Christmas Bird Count photography contests, etc. For those truly bitten by the bird bug, they offer a Bird Biology (http://www.birds.cornell.edu/homestudy/) home study course (new text comes out in 2014, unless you own the older edition - wait).

Bat Detective (http://www.batdetective.org/), The Great Sunflower Project (http://www.batdetective.org/) (bee ecology), and the Big Butterfly Count (http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/) are ones we are trying out this summer. So far, so fun!