What Is ecoEXPLORE?
Experiences Promoting Learning Outdoors for Research and Education (ecoEXPLORE) is an incentive-based citizen science program for children in grades K-8 who reside in western North Carolina. This innovative pilot program, developed by The North Carolina Arboretum, combines science exploration with kid-friendly technology to foster a fun learning environment for children and encourages them to explore the outdoors and become a citizen scientist.
What is Citizen Science?
Citizen science encourages volunteers of any age to collect and submit scientific information to scientists, which will assist in their research and data analysis. Scientists around the world need help collecting data. By becoming a citizen scientist, participants can help professional scientists understand changes in the environment and see how these changes impact plants, animals and other natural resources.
How to EXPLORE?
2. See it. It Snap It. Share It.
SEE IT: Check out your own backyard, a local park or trail, or check out one of our ecoEXPLORE Hotspots to find plants and animals.
SNAP IT: Take a photo of what you find.
SHARE IT: Send your photo to email@example.com and include when and where you found it. Also, tell us what you think it is. Check out the image to the right to see how.
- Subject line of email: Your Username, Date. Example: DragonflyDana, August 1, 2016.
- Body of email: Name of plant or animal, Location. Example: Spotted Salamander, The NC Arboretum.
A number of partners and collaborators participate in ecoEXPLORE, an initiative of The North Carolina Arboretum. These include:
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Buncombe County Public Library System
Madison County Public Library and Botanical Garden
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Buncombe County Schools
Audubon North Carolina
Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society
The HERP Project
Wild Birds Unlimited of Asheville and Hendersonville
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina
The Compleat Naturalist
AmeriCorps Project Conserve
BB Barns Garden Company
Looking for more information about ecoEXPLORE?
need help registering?
Contact us at:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (828) 665-2492 Fax: (828) 665-2371
ecoEXPLORE Program Staff
Jonathan Marchal, Program Manager. Follow on iNaturalist: jmarchal
Trudie Henninger, Citizen Science Coordinator. Follow on iNaturalist: heartsabustin
Libbie Dobbs, Citizen Science Specialist. Follow on iNaturalist: libbie2
Ericka Hincke, AmeriCorps Citizen Science Specialist.