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.
Grades 9 - 12
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.
This video series includes several videos addressing a range of objectives. This includes, but is not limited to:
Note that the page has three embedded videos but includes a link to the Boulder Creek's YouTube page with many more.
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 6 - 12
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.
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)
Grades K - Professional
App • Tour
Use a narrative "science tour" app for the drive up Mt. Lemmon in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson, Arizona. Travel from desert to pine forest, listening to the audio guide and watching slideshows and videos. Learn how our world is sustained by natural environments, systems, and cycles.
Describe the natural history of Mt. Lemmon with special attention to geology and biology. The tour follows the Catalina Highway to the top of Mt. Lemmon.
Audience: K-12 • General Public • Higher Education • Research Community
Observatory: Catalina-Jemez CZO
Author: Producer: Shipherd Reed (Univ. of Arizona)
Funding: NSF CZO, Contributions from UA College of Science and other regional organizations
Grades 6 - 14
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.
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.
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
14 Nov 2018 (Calhoun) - How critical zone science unearths secrets: The new cross-disciplinary field of study concerns itself with the living skin of the Earth.
06 Nov 2018 (National, Boulder, Eel, Reynolds, Sierra) - Marshall Receives 2018 Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award
28 Oct 2018 (IML) - Laura Keefer, head of the Watershed Science Section at the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS), has been named Illinois state hydrologist.
24 Oct 2018 (Sierra) - Meet forest ecologist Jeff Lauder! Lauder's research focuses on Sierra Nevada Conifers and how they have been responding to stress during drought!
Understanding the carbon cycle in complex terrain at the Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory
529 Walker Building.