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Coral Reefs and Deep Time: Two New Summer Programs for Groups

by Nicole Webster -- Jul 6, 2017
A woman wearing glasses and blue gloves holds up two human skulls. Teenage students watch in the background.

Nicole Webster is the School Programs Coordinator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. She develops, evaluates, and facilitates...

Teens examine an Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structure in Q?rius. Photo © jaime windon - the blonde photographer ® - blonde photo, llc.
Teens examine an Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structure in Q?rius. Photo © jaime windon - the blonde photographer ® - blonde photo, llc.

Are you interested in an immersive, staff-led program for your school, youth, or camp group this summer? If you have a group of at least 15 students, we have two new pilot programs for you to choose from:

Reefs Unleashed

Explore how Smithsonian scientists measure the biodiversity of coral reefs using Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS). Participants will model the same scientific processes used by our scientists, by observing and analyzing images of plates with the actual organisms that live in the ARMS to better understand the impact of ocean acidification on coral reefs. Based upon their observations participants will develop, test, and refine explanations and potential recommendations for protecting and preserving coral reefs.

A woman and three boys leaning over a tray with dirt and rocks in it. Two of them are touching the rocks. The tray is on a table. Deep Time Paleobiology

Have you ever wondered what the world looked like when the dinosaurs were alive? We invite participants to explore how Smithsonian paleontologists here at the National Museum of Natural History reconstruct past ecosystems by studying and working with real 66-million-year-old microfossils. In addition to observing, classifying, and identifying microfossils, participants will also investigate microscopic fossil pollen to identify plants from ecosystems of the past.

Logistics

Participants must be in grades 6 through 12, and 11 years old by the date of the program. The run time for both programs is 60 to 75 minutes depending on participant levels and interest. Scheduling is flexible, but programs are only available Monday through Friday. Contact us at 202-633-4039 or nmnhschoolprograms@si.edu with any questions or to reserve your slot!  

Categories: School Programs