JCRA Garden Scout Event

Citizen Science with Chris Goforth, NC Musuem of Natural Sciences

  • Sunday, May 31, 2015 – 2:00 pm3:30 pm

Come join Chris Goforth from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences to learn more about citizen science. Chris will share her experiences with citizen science projects, the diversity of projects to get involved with in our area, and tips on participating as a citizen scientist. Then, we'll go into the gardens to do some data collecting together.

Chris Goforth is the Senior Manager of Citizen Science at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and oversees both the Museum 's citizen science program and the research efforts ongoing at the Museum 's field station, Prairie Ridge Ecostation. She has a bachelor 's degree in biology, a master 's degree in entomology, and is currently working toward her doctorate in entomology. Chris is passionate about insects (especially aquatic insects), getting people involved in insect research through citizen science, and photography. She is also a blogger and heads several citizen science projects, including the Dragonfly Swarm Project.

JCRA Garden Scouts is a year-long program for children and youth of all ages. Throughout the year, Garden Scouts will participate in various citizen science projects in the gardens as a group. Garden Scouts also receive news about other citizen science projects in the area to take part in, receive an official "Citizen Scientist" JCRA badge, a free ticket to either Raulston Blooms! or the Summer Solstice Ice Cream Social, and a selection of plants from those being observed for Project BudBurst. Cost to register a child for the year-long program is $20. Additional children from the same family are $5 per child.

Please note, this program is open to JCRA Garden Scouts only. To register as a JCRA Garden Scout, please contact Elizabeth Overcash at elizabeth_overcash@ncsu.edu or 919-513-7011.