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Saturday, April 9 • 10:30am - 11:15am
River Bugs Are Cool: Engaging Youth in Citizen Science

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The San Diego River Park Foundation’s youth education programs seek to empower youth to follow protocols used by professional environmental scientists. In this way, youth can contribute to the body of data in a meaningful way through citizen science and at the same time, develop confidence in conducting inquiry-based science. The River Bugs Are Cool field trip is designed to engage students in grades K-8 in conducting a stream bioassessment of benthic macroinvertebrates based on protocols established by the EPA and CA DFW. Students evaluate the species present to draw conclusions about the health of the San Diego River. In 2015, over 1,000 students participated in citizen science field trips to the San Diego River through the River Park Foundation’s programs.

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Sarah Hutmacher

Associate Director, The San Diego River Park Foundation
Sarah Hutmacher has a background in Environmental Systems with an emphasis in Environmental Policy. After graduating from UCSD, she gained experience working for city, county and state government on natural resource issues and became convinced that increasing environmental literacy... Read More →

Saturday April 9, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am PDT
Room 51-575 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020