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Introduction to Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) Citizen Science Surveys
Thu 25 May 2017, 10:00 – 16:00 BST
On this course we will introduce participants to a full range of citizen science surveys which can be used to engage your volunteers, community groups or schools with their local environment.
As well as discussing what citizen science is, we will explore how we can use it as a tool to connect people with nature – benefiting both the environment and those involved.
A majority of the session will focus on the OPAL surveys which are freely available and accessible to people of all ages and abilities. You will have the opportunity to gain practical hand-on experience in surveying air quality, soil and earthworms, pond health, biodiversity, tree health, bugs and pollinators. We will demonstrate how these surveys can be tailored to make them accessible to the widest audience possible.
Each participant will receive all 7 of the OPAL survey packs to take away at the end of the day.
What to bring with you - As a majority of the day will be spent outdoors, please bring appropriate waterproof clothing/sunscreen and a packed lunch
Trainer details - Stephen Porch has worked closely with a number of Countryside Ranger Services to deliver outdoor education sessions. As well as being an accredited OPAL surveyor he has been involved in a number of other citizen science projects - surveying for bats, badgers, wildflowers and ancient trees, amongst other things.
Lunch - Please bring a packed lunch