Rockwood School District science teachers encouraged their students to observe the world around them by participating in the St. Louis City Nature Challenge
The Challenge, which ran April 24-27, consisted of citizen scientists making observations and taking pictures of the biodiversity in their region. Students took pictures of plant and animal species using an app called "iNaturalist," then other naturalists in the region helped identify the species and share more information about them.
The students followed federal and local recommendations while gathering their photos to keep communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Teachers also encouraged the students to share their findings with the rest of the class through Google Slides presentations.
"I hope that students had an opportunity to get out and explore their neighborhood," said Eureka High
science teacher Lindsey Mueller. "Many learned about different plant species and saw that many of our ornamental plants we have in gardens are not native to our area. I would love to do this again at our school and utilize our creek bed to find insects and other actual native species, hopefully next year."