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Coastal Conversations Radio Program
January 24, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Students in the Acadia region have been studying clams and their environment alongside fishermen and town committees who manage the local fishery. Working with living things like clams generates lots of questions that science can help answer. How many baby clams are living in the mud? How are they affected by invasive green crabs? The science, in turn, generates questions about information learned from nature. What does it mean to “collect data”? How do observations translate into action? What are the logistics of bringing the classroom to the mudflat?
More broadly, bringing young people into nature for studies that have implications for their families and communities makes science relevant and real. Nature, too, becomes a real thing, a place for interaction and relationships. What are the lifelong impacts of the outdoor classroom? What will these students remember, and respond to as they continue their learning journeys?
Schoodic Institute’s Bill Zoellick and Sarah Hooper and Gouldsboro shellfish warden Mike Pinkham join guest host Catherine Schmitt for the Coastal Conversations live radio show, exploring what it means to bring the classroom to the mudflat, only on WERU Community Radio, 89.9 FM in Blue Hill and streaming the world over, at weru.org.