Inquiring minds with Natural Inquirer

WASHINGTON, DC—The USDA Forest Service Natural Inquirer team engaged in two educational outreach events in June. The first event took place on National Get Outdoors Day on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. The team partnered with Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association employees to host a Junior Scientist/Junior Ranger event. A total of 368 adults and seniors as well as 67 children attended the event throughout the day. Participants learned about different types of scientists and explored a variety of science equipment.

The second event took place at the Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina. The Natural Inquirer team and interpretive association employees supported the annual Pink Beds BioBlitz. Throughout the day, 320 visitors and 85 BioBlitz participants had opportunities to engage with different types of science equipment, complete activities in the NSI: Nature Science Investigator, earn packs of scientist and engineering trading cards, as well as other prizes, and take home a variety of learning tools including the Natural Inquirer Reader series, Natural Inquirer journals, the Bee A Scientist coloring book and bookmarks.

Natural Inquirer is a free science education program that produces a variety of science education materials for pre-kindergarten through grade 12. The products are produced by the Forest Service, CFAIA, and other cooperators and partners and feature Forest Service research and employees. They are free to the public.

Photo: A young girl looks through a microscope.
A young participant explores Natural Inquirer science equipment at the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. Forest Service photo by Jessica Nickelsen.