ARDEN, N.C. (WLOS) — It's a chilly start for Ms. Trudie's monthly visit.
She takes the Avery's Creek second-grader on a walk, so they can make the observations about the plants and animals in the schoolyard. They notice the changes in the season, and document what they see.
Students say you can expand your ongoing data collection in other places, too. They're participating in Project EXPLORE (Experience Promoting Learning Outdoors for Research and Education), a free, citizen science-driven school outreach initiative developed by the North Carolina Arboretum.
"It's great to learn things outside, 'cause you get to explore nature and see more things, and get to learn more things and get stuff in your brain,"
The students are invited to present their research later this year at the North Carolina Arboretum's Science Expo.
More than a thousand students and 45 teachers take part in Project EXPLORE throughout Western North Carolina.