A smartphone app is helping teachers become citizen scientists, capturing images of animals, plants, and insects.

Teachers Become Citizen ScientistsAt he 27th annual Utah Environmental Education Conference in Logan, teachers learned how to carry the lessons of citizen science to their students, led by Lisa Thompson, exhibit developer at the Natural History Museum of Utah.  Thompson explained that in this big data era, scientists rely on ordinary citizens to make observations about climate and biodiversity.

Because teachers and nonprofit workers are often dealing with budgetary constraints, Jackie Lowry, programs coordinator for the Utah Society for Environmental Education, says that its important to connect them with researchers, the Forest Service, and state parks.

“The reason why we’ve been able to continue for 36 years now as well as we do is because of the strong partnerships that we have,” Lowry said.

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