Get ready to ecoEXPLORE!

Welcome to ecoEXPLORE, a family-oriented citizen science initiative for children ages 5-12 and their families. Participants register for free at and learn how to earn ecology-focused badges. As a part of each badge ecoEXPLORERS upload six images from a particular organism group to the ecoEXPLORE website. Our team of reviewers award each photo observation between 1-5 points that children can trade for field tools like binoculars, insect nets and wildlife cameras. High quality photos are posted to this iNaturalist project to aid scientists in monitoring wildlife.

ecoEXPLORE is an initiative of The North Carolina Arboretum, an affiliate of the University of North Carolina System in partnership with the Greensboro Science Center, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education. The program is funded by grants and private donations including from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation.

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Posted on August 21, 2020 01:06 PM by jmarchal jmarchal


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