Sandi Funke

TeenNat—Growing Diverse Youth Scientists to Protect Native Habitats

The goal of TeenNat is to engage ethnically diverse youth in real on-the-ground science, provide them with technical tools on data collection, and give them experiences in nature. Up to 28 teens will be recruited for a four week summer internship.  Approximately half of the interns will be Latinos. Interns will be trained to use GPS technology and digital cameras to document species and their locations via upload to the PepperwoodTeenNat project on the iNaturalist.org website. iNaturalist.org is a social network that raises awareness of biodiversity by empowering anyone to collect critical biological data for conservation planning. Via expeditions on the Preserve, interns will record, share, and verify species observations. 

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