Organizations To Sponsor Science Program

Organizations to Sponsor citizen science program

The public is invited to engage in fascinating, educational and authentic science activities which benefit the environment by participating in the new community-based collaborative program, DANCES (Day and Night Citizen Environmental Science).

DANCES is hosted by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Center and the Watershed Nature Center, and can be partly financed by the SIUE Meridian Society. Through the year, three citizen science applications can build public awareness and comprehension of the crucial relationship between humans and their environment.

Registration is currently open for its first application, Globe at Night, that will take place from 6-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Watershed Nature Center. The case is for all ages and will be open. The cost will be $5 for adults and $2 for kids ages 12 and below. Register on line at .

“During Globe at Night, individuals and families will become citizen scientists as they know about and track the quantity of light pollution in the night skies,” said Georgia Bracey, senior researcher in the SIUE STEM Center. “Participants will learn about winter constellations, and go outside to look at them, employing the stars they see to gauge the darkness of the night skies.”

After collecting and sharing their information, participants will have the time to check through telescopes provided by the River Bend Astronomy Club.

“Participants can also understand how to keep the actions at home and school,” explained Sarah Palermo, executive director of the Nature Preserve Foundation, which works the Watershed Nature Center. “They will be motivated to make a difference within our community and also in the local environment by helping scientists with their search.”

“We’re eager for community members to leave this event with a better grasp of this awe-inspiring beauty of a dark night skies and its significance into the well-being of humans and wildlife,” Bracey added. “These people will become part of a global community of citizen scientists, working to increase awareness about light pollution and its impacts.”

In the event of cloudy weather, the Globe at Night will remain as scheduled using activities that are indoor that are intended.

The next two DANCES programs are The Fantastic Backyard Bird Count on Saturday, Feb. 17, also FrogWatch on Friday, March 30.

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