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.

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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 6 - 14

    CZ Science Cafe Series

    All Disciplines +

    Video

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    Catalina-Jemez

  • × Jon Chorover (U of Arizona) presenting 'Introduction to the Critical Zone' during the 2015 Critical Zone Science Cafe Series.

    Grades 6 - 14

    CZ Science Cafe Series

    All Disciplines • SoilScience/Pedology • Biology/Molecular • Hydrology

    Video

    Watch fascinating, public lectures from four Catalina-Jemez CZO researchers. The 30-minute lectures are part of the Critical Zone Science Cafe Series from Fall 2015, in Tucson, AZ.

    Educational Objectives

    Viewers will be able to describe:

    • The concept of the CZ
    • The role of microbes in the CZ
    • The role of soil in the CZ
    • The role of water in the CZ
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    Audience: K-12 • General Public

    Observatory: Catalina-Jemez CZO

    Author: Jon Chorover (U of Arizona), Craig Rasmussen (U of Arizona), Rachel Gallery (U of Arizona) and Tom Meixner (U of Arizona)


    Funding: The Catalina-Jemez Critical Zone Observatory in collaboration with the University of Arizona Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium.

  • 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.

     

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    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 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


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