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Climbing Trees for Citizen Science

August 9, 2013

On Friday, August 9, dozens of undergraduate students, parents, grandparents, and children of all ages showed up at the Prairie Ridge Ecostation, the Museum’s outdoor educational facility in west Raleigh, for a workshop on tree climbing and tree-top tardigrade, or water bear, sampling!

The workshop was a great opportunity for anyone interested to learn how scientists ascend to the tree-tops to gather samples of mosses, lichens, insects and the microscopic creatures that make tree-tops their home.

Here are just a few pictures from the event!

Even the kids could climb to the tree-tops with ease!

Armed with nothing but ropes and a carabiner, anyone can become a tree-top scientist!

A little instruction had people on their way to the breezy heights.

Be on the lookout for more opportunities for hands-on learning at various Museum locations!

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