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 - 14

    What is the Critical Zone?

    All Disciplines

    Information & Video

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    Cross-CZO

  • × Illustration of the Critical Zone, showing a slice of Earth's near surface pulled out of the ground.  Labels are shown for air, biota, soil, water, and rock. Image credit: After Chorover et al, 2007. Catalina-Jemez CZO (artwork by R. Kindlimann).

    Grades 9 - 14

    What is the Critical Zone?

    All Disciplines

    Information • Video

    A short web page that answers questions like: what is the Critical Zone? Why it is so important? Why does it need to be studied? The page includes text, images, and video.

    Educational Objectives

    Be able to discuss where the Critical Zone fits on Earth's surface and its importance to Humans and all life. 

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    Audience: K-12 • General Public • Higher Education

    Observatory: National CZO • Boulder CZO • Calhoun CZO • Catalina-Jemez CZO • Christina CZO • Eel CZO • IML CZO • Luquillo CZO • Reynolds CZO • Shale Hills CZO • Sierra CZO

    Author: CZO National Office

  • Grades 6 - 14

    An Introduction to Virtual Fieldwork

    All Disciplines +

    Virtual Fieldwork & Website +

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    Cross-CZO

  • × PRI's VFE database is accessed through an interactive map. It includes VFEs for the Shale Hills, Southern Sierra, and Luquillo CZOs.

    Grades 6 - 14

    An Introduction to Virtual Fieldwork

    All Disciplines • Geology/Chronology • Biology/Ecology • Geomorphology • GIS/RemoteSensing • SoilScience/Pedology

    Virtual Fieldwork • Website • Activity • Information • Tour

    Explore a range of Virtual Fieldwork Experiences, and resources for their production and use. This site includes examples of highlighted VFEs, selected resources and strategies for using VFEs in teaching and learning, and a large collection of VFEs.

    Educational Objectives

    This page introduces a range of resources with a wide range of objectives. Selected objectives include:

    • Teachers and learners will visit virtual field sites and be able to characterize aspects of the geology and biology of those sites, and aspects of how the biosphere, geosphere, lithosphere, and atmosphere interact at these sites.
    • Employ technological tools to capture aspects of environments in ways that those aspects may be shared with others.
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    Audience: K-12 • General Public • Higher Education

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

    Author: Don Haas (The Paleontological Research Institution)


  • Grades 6 - 14

    Mapping Earth systems

    All Disciplines

    Information & Dataset +

    Preview

    National

  • × Very colorful map of Bedrock Geology for the U.S.  Maps of very different characteristics in the landscape can reveal surprising connections.

    Grades 6 - 14

    Mapping Earth systems

    All Disciplines

    Information • Dataset • Activity

    View ten maps of the contiguous 48 states, each highlighting different geographic features. Viewing the maps collectively reveals connections among different Earth systems.

    Educational Objectives

    • Describe similarities in the geographic distribution of different characteristics of the landscape.
    • Speculate on relationships among these different characteristics.
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    NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns • Systems and System Models

    NGSS Science & Engineering Practices: Developing and Using Models

    NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: ESS2 - Earth’s Systems • ESS3 - Earth and Human Activity


    Audience: K-12 • General Public • Higher Education

    Observatory: National CZO

    Author: Don Haas (PRI)


  • 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

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