Kids get to be scientists in the Smokies

Kids get to be scientists in the Smokies

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 8:05 pm
By: AP

GATLINBURG (AP) — There are some biology learning opportunities for youth the in Smokies coming up soon.
On Friday and again Aug. 2, high school students and recent graduates can spend a half-day with rangers identifying salamanders, helping with tree identification and monitoring water quality.
On Monday, July 26, youngsters 10 years and older can become “special scientists” for the day, learning about tiny mountain creatures like water bears. The microscopic invertebrates are known scientifically as tardigrades.
The eight-legged creatures live in mosses, liverworts, and lichens (LY’-kins).
Families wanting to register for the programs can call Ranger Emily Guss at 865-436-1292.
Published in The Messenger 7.22.10

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