Blog posts categorized by Environmental Literacy
During my early-morning exploration of Saint Paul, I was able to see the inside of the city's gorgeous Roman-Catholic cathedral before morning mass (left), and the Landmark Center, overlooking statues of Peanuts characters in Rice Park (right).

"Up close and personal" Community engagement at the Citizen Science conference (part 2)

Suzanne Webster ·
31 May 2017
Environmental Literacy | Science Communication | Applying Science | Learning Science | 

In May I attended the 2017 Citizen Science Association Conference with Caroline and Alex. This blog is the second post about the conference, and the first part can be found here. On the final morning of the conference, I took advantage of the clear skies and dry sidewalks, and woke up early to explore Saint Paul.

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Image credit: March for Science

Why I March

Don Boesch ·
21 April 2017
Environmental Literacy | Science Communication | Applying Science | 

Don Boesch … It has been 50 years since I participated in a march in Washington, that time to protest the war in Vietnam. But on Saturday, April 22 I plan on joining tens of thousands of others in the March for Science. This is not an institutional endorsement of the March, but a personal perspective on why I will march. The March for Science sprung up because of concerns that scientific evidence is under attack and critical advances in science might be defunded.

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Satellite image of Guanabara Bay. Credit: NASA (in Wikimedia Commons)

Environmental Literacy for Guanabara Bay, Brazil

Bill Dennison ·
24 June 2016
Environmental Literacy | 

‘Environmental Literacy’ series … • Guanabara Bay is a tropical (22°S) embayment with a restricted opening which forms a natural harbor in Southeast Brazil with a monsoonal/savanna climate. • The watershed around Guanabara Bay is an internationally iconic location, including metropolitan areas like Rio de Janeiro, Niteroi and Sao Goncalo, beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema, and sights like Sugarloaf and Corcovado.

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Texas coastal ecosystems. Credit:

Environmental literacy of the Texas coastline

Bill Dennison ·
21 March 2016
Environmental Literacy | 

As part of a workshop sponsored by the Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, we learned about the key values and major threats to the Texas coastal ecosystems. We did not include the offshore continental shelf in this assessment, so some iconic features like the flower garden coral reefs were not included. The environmental literacy principles for the Texas coast are the following:

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The Indian River Lagoon Map. Credit: Jane Thomas

Indian River Lagoon: Environmental Literacy

Bill Nuttle ·
12 February 2016
Environmental Literacy | Learning Science | 

The concept of environmental literacy derives from a series of programs that have established various literacy principles, for example, Ocean Literacy and Chesapeake Bay literacy. Literacy principles form the framework, but it is the richness of examples, stories and visual supporting materials that enliven the understanding of our environment. The seven principles that an informed person needs to know about the Indian River Lagoon are:

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Laguna de Bay Map and Quick Facts

Laguna de Bay, Philippines: Environmental Literacy

Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen ·
21 July 2015
Environmental Literacy |     4 comments

‘Environmental literacy‘ series … As part of the Integration and Application Network’s collaboration with the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia Resource Facility (PRF) and the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) in the development of an Ecosystem Health Report Card for Laguna de Bay, the seven environmental literacy for Laguna de Bay are listed:

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Map of Australia showing the major climate regions - the Northern Territory is the northern region in the middle of the map. Credit: (location labels added)

Environmental Literacy for the tropical Northern Territory, Australia

Heath Kelsey ·
12 February 2015
Environmental Literacy | 

As part of our ongoing project with Charles Darwin University to synthesize the research on the flood plains of Kakadu National Park, we review the fundamentals of the environment and characteristics of the region, specifically the coastal tropical areas in the northern part of the territory. The Northern Territory is the third largest state or territory in the country with about 17.5% (1.3 million km2) of the land area.

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Map showing the Missouri River basin. Source: Wikipedia

Missouri River: Environmental Literacy

Heath Kelsey ·
3 June 2014
Environmental Literacy | 

‘Environmental literacy‘ series … The seven environmental literacy principles for the Missouri River are the following: • The Missouri River is the longest tributary (2,300 miles) of the Mississippi River. • Navigation on the Missouri River is supported by a series of levees and dikes from the mouth to Sioux City, Iowa, about 760 miles. • A series of reservoirs north of Sioux City on the Missouri River serves multiple uses.

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