This coming Friday, September 16th, the 6-8 graders will be traveling to Sleeping Bear Dunes to participate in a bioblitz sponsored by the Cerulean Center. Our students will become citizen scientists for the day, working side-by-side with scientists and naturalists to find and record as many plants, animals, insects and other organisms as possible! The data collected will help inventory the biodiversity in the Great Lakes Region.
YOUR STUDENT WILL NEED:
- A signed permission slip which is located in your family mailbox. Please turn into the front desk after signing.
- A disposable sack lunch and water bottle.
- Cloths that can get wet. Students will take part in an aquatic excursion.
- Sturdy footwear, sunscreen, hat and or sunglasses
- Rain gear (if needed) – We’ll be active, rain or shine
Participants will be using the iNaturalist app to record observations. IF your student has a smartphone and IF you give permission for him or her to bring it for use, please download the app. It is not necessary for your student to have a phone to participate. They may also bring a digital camera if they have one.
If you, as a parent, would like to participate you are more than welcome! They are looking for as many volunteers as possible. Information on how to sign up is on the flyer attached to the permission slip you are to sign for your student. Go to the Cerulean Website for more information. I have park passes so you do not have to pay to participate. Unfortunately, there is limited space on the school bus so you will have to meet us out there if you choose to come. The itinerary is also in your mailbox.
This is a really exciting event and is just one of many BioBlitzes happening across the country, many in National Parks to help celebrate the centennial.
If you have any questions please feel free to call, text or email.