U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Outdoor Science Made Easy -- and Fun!
It was “No Problem!” for dozens of young problem-solvers to get a head start on their science projects. At two Outdoor Science Workshops, Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Youth Crew -- a group of young adults -- introduced elementary grade students to a new world of investigation. The setting: open desert across from their school sites. Students and their families from Two Bunch Palms school in Desert Hot Springs, and Rancho Mirage Elementary participated.
They practiced experimental techniques to answer questions such as, “Do plants transpire more in the day or night?”, “In which direction do rodent holes face?”, “ Does water percolate faster/slower through soil on the San Andreas fault than from other environments?” and “How do male and female birds behave differently?” Curious children had a ‘field day’ with the young staff as they practiced field study skills and were challenged to commit to a science fair project question – nature-based, of course. Families were informed of the easy access to public land surrounding the desert cities of the Coachella Valley and encouraged to pursue field studies.
- Tracy Albrecht, Interpretive Specialist, Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, BLM Palm Springs South Coast Field Office (November 13, 2012)