The Pinhead Institute

Biodiversity Monitoring Project

Biodiversity Monitoring Project
Science is largely about observation. What happens to a seed?a stream?a fungus? What factors affect that outcome?

Following scientific protocols, students in our program collect and analyze data from 25 designated ?living outdoor laboratories? in riparian forests along the San Miguel watershed.

Using notes from previous months and years, young scientists observe changes in plant life over time, and hypothesize about the factors that had the most impact on expected and unexpected outcomes.

The students? findings become part of the permanant database of the Smithsonian Institution. This offers an additional lesson: you don't have to be a professional scientist (or even a grown-up) to have your findings matter in a larger context.

Each year, students in 5th, 7th and 10th grades participate in the Biodiversity Monitoring Project through field study and classroom discussions. The initial curriculum was developed in collaboration with the Telluride R-1 School District and the Smithsonian Institution. The Nature Conservancy makes its lands available for study sites each year.


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We love to hear from people with an interest in supporting, or finding out more about bioliteracy.

You can call us at: 970.708.7441

Send us an email: [email protected]

Visit: 120 S. Pine St. #201 Telluride, CO 81435

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Or Snail Mail: PO Box 2905, Telluride, CO 81435