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 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.

    Visit this resource

    See CZO listing


    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. 

    Visit this resource

    See CZO listing


    Audience: K-12 • General Public

    Observatory: National CZO

    Author: Justin Richardson (UMass)


    Related Resource:

  • Grades 3 - 14

    Virtual Fieldwork in the Critical Zone

    All Disciplines

    Virtual Fieldwork & Activity +

    Preview

    Cross-CZO

  • × The Virtual Fieldwork Experience (VFE) Graphic Organizer for the Shale Hills VFE. The graphic organizer structures sets of questions that can be investigated at any field site. The overarching question is, 'Why does this place look the way it does?'

    Grades 3 - 14

    Virtual Fieldwork in the Critical Zone

    All Disciplines

    Virtual Fieldwork • Activity • Curriculum • Lesson Plan • Computer Activity 

    This webpage serves as an introduction to both CZ science and the use of Virtual Fieldwork Experiences (VFEs) for exploration of the CZ. Embedded within this page you will find VFEs of Shale Hills Susquehanna, Southern Sierra CZO and Luquillo CZOs.

    Educational Objectives

    • Interpret the environment represented within the VFE you are investigating, including descriptions of why the landscape looks the way it does, and how it has changed over time.
    • Create a VFE representing your local environment or a field site you have visited and present it to interested others.

    Objectives for specific VFEs are included within those VFEs.

    Visit this resource

    See CZO listing


    Audience: K-12 • General Public • Higher Education

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

    Author: Don Haas (PRI), Alexandra Moore (PRI), Michelle Gilmore (SSCZO)


  • Grades 6 - 12

    Explore the Critical Zone: WSKG video

    All Disciplines

    Video

    Preview

    National

  • × Kamini Singha (Boulder Creek CZO, Colorado School of Mines) sits in a grassy field discussing the importance of the Critical Zone.

    Grades 6 - 12

    Explore the Critical Zone: WSKG video

    All Disciplines

    Video

    A seven-minute video that explores the Critical Zone, what it is, why it's important, and how the NSF CZO program is studying it. The video emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of work in the critical zone.

    Educational Objectives

    • Explain what the Critical Zone and Critical Zone Science are.
    • Describe some ways humans are changing the Critical Zone and why these changes are important to understand.

     

    Visit this resource (video)

    See CZO listing


    Audience: K-12 • General Public

    Observatory: National CZO

    Author: R. Ross (PRI), N. Coddington (WSKG), S. Johnson (WSKG), A. Moore (PRI), L. Derry (Cornell Univ), T. White (Penn State), J. Richardson (Cornell Univ), K. Singha (CSM), S. Brantley (Penn State)


See more resources for general public >



Events

More Events >