General Public

The CZOs strive to educate the general public.

Study of the Critical Zone is a new and evolving realm of science - by necessity, the CZO education and outreach effort has focused on the Earth science community. Nonetheless, the CZOs strive to educate the general public, for example through our presence at the second U.S. Science and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C. during April 2012. Our exhibit booth included a variety of pamphlets as well as hands-on activities: geologists demonstrated various processes of weathering and erosion, ecologists showed how to determine the leaf-area index of a forest, and hydrologists used on-line tools to show how land use change affects hydrologic characteristics of a landscape.

Eric Carpenter (CU-Boulder), education and outreach specialist for the Boulder Creek CZO, leads students through a hands-on learning exercise relating glaciation to erosion and sedimentation during the U.S. Science and Technology Expo in Washington, D.C. during April 2012.

Educational Resources (examples for general public)

  • Grades 3 - 16

    Shale Hills Tree Survey Google Earth File

    Biology/Ecology +

    Virtual Fieldwork & Computer Activity  +

    Preview

    Cross-CZO

  • × Trees within the Shale Hills focus catchment have all been catalogued. Different colors show different species.

    Grades 3 - 16

    Shale Hills Tree Survey Google Earth File

    Biology/Ecology • GIS/RemoteSensing • SoilScience/Pedology

    Virtual Fieldwork • Computer Activity  • Demo • Dataset

    This kmz file basic data on every large tree within the Shale Hills catchment, includng species and Diameter at Breat Height (DBH). Explore the data and look for patterns of species distributions by clicking on and off different species. It is also included within the Shale Hills VFE.

    Educational Objectives

    The listed objectives are suggestive. Teachers may design activities using the dataset with their own objectives.

    • Describe how distribution of trees varies by species.
    • Speculate what factors determine species' affinity for particular placement within the Shale Hills catchment.
    • Design investigations to test hypotheses about species distribution.

    The survey can also serve as a model for surveying trees (or other elements) in your local environment.

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    Audience: K-12 • General Public • Higher Education

    Observatory: National CZO • Shale Hills CZO

    Author: Don Haas, Sarah Sharkey


  • Grades 6 - 14

    In The Trenches CZO Theme Issue

    All Disciplines

    Article

    Preview

    Cross-CZO

  • × Cover of 'In the Trenches' journal.  It features State College High school students with TeenShale Network measuring stream discharge and additional water quality parameters of Black Moshannon Creek. [Photo by Earth & Environmental Systems Institute, Penn State University]

    Grades 6 - 14

    In The Trenches CZO Theme Issue

    All Disciplines

    Article

    Learn about educational initiatives and resources for teaching CZ Science. This issue includes seven articles that describe approaches to teaching CZ Science, why teaching CZ Science is important, and how such approaches can satisfy NGSS expectations. Full access requires NAGT membership.

    Educational Objectives

    Describe a range of approaches to, and resources for, teaching CZ Science.

    As this is a collection of seven articles, the educational objectives are too numerous to list here. They are listed in the individual entries for each article.

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    Audience: K-12 • General Public • Higher Education

    Observatory: National CZO • Luquillo CZO • Reynolds CZO • Shale Hills CZO

    Author: D. Haas, T. White, S. McGee, N. Rodriguez, J.Z. Williams, S. Dykhoff, J. Pollak, S.L. Brantley, K.P. O’Neill, J.F. Rice, D. deB. Richter, C. Roemmele, S. Smith, A. Moore


  • Grades 9 - 12

    What is the Boulder Creek CZO? - A video series

    All Disciplines

    Video & Tour

    Preview

    Boulder

  • × Bob Anderson kneels on a barren rocky surface while studying river terraces in the Boulder Creek watershed.

    Grades 9 - 12

    What is the Boulder Creek CZO? - A video series

    All Disciplines

    Video • Tour

    Watch three sets of videos about the Boulder Creek CZO, spanning from the Continental Divide (4120 m) down to the western edge of the Plains (1480 m). CZO researchers describe their fieldwork and data collection, supporting CZO science in the Rocky Mountains.

    Educational Objectives

    This video series includes several videos addressing a range of objectives. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Briefly describe the Boulder Creek Critical Zone Observatory.
    • Describe aspects of instrumentation and how data is collected at the Boulder Creek CZO.

    Note that the page has three embedded videos but includes a link to the Boulder Creek's YouTube page with many more.

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    Audience: K-12 • General Public

    Observatory: Boulder CZO

    Author: Marshall Frech (Vantage Point Media), Suzanne Anderson (BcCZO PI) and staff from the Boulder Creek CZO


    Funding: NSF CZO

  • Grades 9 - 12

    Where do trees get their water?

    Biology/Ecology +

    Information

    Preview

    National

  • × Two illustrated cross-section views of a landscape. One with a plant's root system in shallow soil saying, 'Shallow for rain!' The other with a tree's root system reaching deeper soil saying, 'Deep soil water.'

    Grades 9 - 12

    Where do trees get their water?

    Biology/Ecology • Hydrology • SoilScience/Pedology

    Information

    In this blog post, learn how stable isotopes are used to determine a tree's water source.

    Educational Objectives

    Readers will be able to describe the possible sources of water for trees and the method used to determine a tree's water source. 

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    Audience: K-12 • General Public

    Observatory: National CZO

    Author: Justin Richardson (UMass)


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Events

Geoscience Senior Theses Presentations


541 Deike Building.

(Shale Hills)

All-Hands Meeting


117 EES Building and the CZO field sites.

(Shale Hills)

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