Thank you for your interest in adding your library to our network of ecoEXPLORE LoanSpots! ecoEXPLORE is citizen science enrichment initiative of The North Carolina Arboretum, an affiliate institution of the University of North Carolina System.
ecoEXPLORE LoanSpots are public libraries selected for children ages 5-13 and their families to visit. These libraries serve as locations where families can check out outdoor learning materials and equipment such as day packs including nature study gear, trail cameras and iPod touch units used for photographing wildlife and plants. Children are invited to photograph organisms and submit their observations to www.ecoexplore.net
. High quality observations are added to iNaturalist.org, a joint initiative from the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society. Children earn up to five points per observation which are redeemed for prizes such as wildlife cameras, binoculars, field guides and insect nets. You can learn more by visiting www.ecoexplore.net
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if you have any questions.
By hosting an ecoEXPLORE LoanSpot on your site you will:
1) Lend out nature study areas to the public. These items are provided by The North Carolina Arboretum thanks to our funders and become the property of your library.
2) Host quarterly education programs at the library. The format of these programs will be based on your library's location to our partnering Regional Hubs (these hubs include The NC Arboretum in Asheville, The Greensboro Science Center, The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, and The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville.)
3) Offer an outdoor study area for patrons to make observations of plants and animals. Selected LoanSpots will also receive a bird feeding station and pollinator plants to create a small wildlife garden.
4) Join a statewide effort to encourage families to spend time outdoors together while participating in real-life field ecology experiences. ecoEXPLORE participants can earn badges by making observations, attending programs at our growing network of ecoEXPLORE Hubs and joining research scientists in demonstrations of fieldwork. Research demonstrates that these types of experiences promote greater interest and enthusiasm for STEM fields among other benefits.
To be considered as one of the 100 LoanSpots to be added to North Carolina please complete the following questionnaire.