Willamalane Park and Recreation District chosen as NASA GLOBE Camp Site

Student citizen science program comes to Springfield this summer

Willamalane Park and Recreation District joins 13 other organizations from across the United States selected to participate in the nationally recognized NASA Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) for summer in 2021. Two of Willamalane’s programs will participate in the NASA GLOBE program this summer: Willamalane’s Discovery Camp at Dorris Ranch and Willamalane’s free Summer Playground Program

In both programs, campers will gain valuable STEM learning opportunities designed to bridge their learning with real-world application. Each week campers will learn about clouds and cloud formations and record their own observations. Campers will input data through an app and NASA scientists will use that information to complete their studies and compare the observations with satellite data. 

As part of the experience, campers will be able to collaborate with NASA scientists and other campers participating in the pilot, learning not only about their local data, but also gaining perspectives related to data being collected by camps across the United States. Campers will learn team building skills as they work together to make a difference in their own communities, developing a sense of environmental stewardship as they actively engage in the process of citizen science. 

“We are excited to connect Springfield kids with NASA scientists. This is a great opportunity for our campers to get first-hand experience in doing real scientific work,” said Johanna Henry, Recreation Coordinator at Willamalane.

This program helps to establish NASA GLOBE Camp leaders across the United States that can work together with the NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative (NESEC). This collaboration broadens access to NASA Earth science resources for all learners, while ensuring that the resources being developed by the NESEC team address the needs of local camp communities. 

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