My program is going to consist of a beginners lesson on dragonflies, for which I will rely mostly on a PowerPoint presentation and then we will go out into the nature center and try and net us some bugs. I began working on the project this weekend, partly because I had to spend some time at work Saturday baby sitting a phone tech that had to replace a part. First I came up with an outline for my presentation and then I began to modify a couple of picture so that I can use them in the presentation. The top photo describes the different parts of a dragonfly, many of which are used to differentiate between different species of dragons. The second photo shows the 10 abdominal segments that all dragons have. It is important to know which segment is which because marking on specific segments may also be used to differentiate between species. This project will count as Environmental Education as well as Citizen Science. I am posting it here hoping to get some feed back so that I can have a successful presentation.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
My Capstone Project Begins
Currently I am spending two nights a week in a Minnesota Master Naturalist program. The purpose of the program is to introduce and educate us on a particular biome that is in our state as well as to assist us in becoming better volunteers for environmental organizations. As a part of the program we are required to complete a Capstone Project. This is an environmental project of our choosing which is beneficial to an environmental organization or agency. For my Capstone project I have chosen to develop an educational program on Minnesota dragonflies which I will be teaching at the Carpenter Nature Center later this summer.