Environmental Monitoring

The Earth is in Our HandsWe all check up on, watch out for, and keep track of the things and the people we care about. Why should the outdoors be any different? Browse the environmental monitoring projects below and see how students and others are helping to protect your land, air and water. If you are interested in getting involved with one of the projects below on your public lands, please let us know.


Coastal Watershed Monitoring

spotWatershed Watchdogs involves students in hands-on, feet-wet biomonitoring activities. Students collect shallow bay vertebrate and invertebrate organisms using 15 foot seine nets and hand nets.


Glacier Photo-monitoring

GlaciersGlaciers are sensitive indicators of changes in regional and global climate because glaciers grow or shrink in response to snowfall and snowmelt. Check out this database of photographs and animations of glaciers posted by our members.


Plant Recolonization

Transects are a very common field science method used by scientists in the field. They are easy to conduct and can provide a scientifically useful look at how plant communities are recolonizing a newly exposed surface.


Lichen Monitoring

Icon adpated from photo by Norbert NagelJoin educators and researchers to study lichens as an indicator of general atmospheric health. Learn how to start a lichen monitoring project in your area.


Hot Topic Observations

nootka-rose-smIn an attempt to capture the character of the 19th Century naturalist, we have developed this place-based collection of student-based observations and analytical reflections.


Melibee Project and Project BrownDown

Melibee ProjectWhat happens when a new plant species comes into an area, and it is more attractive to pollinators than anything else around? Does it improve pollination of the native plants that are already there? Or does it lure away pollinators, or lead to the delivery of the wrong kind of pollen? We are asking these types of questions following the arrival of a non-native plant, white sweetclover (Melilotus albus) in habitats in interior Alaska. Watch the video below to find out why we need your help.