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Brown Bag Series - Climate Change Ambassadors

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Date: July 2, 2010
Contact: Amy Vanderbilt, 406 888-5838
Contact: Wade Muehlhof, 406 888-7895

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – The public is invited to a unique Brown Bag Lecture on Friday, July 9, 2010, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Community Building in West Glacier as high school citizen scientists share their stories of their research trip to Glacier.

Twenty-two students from 10 different San Diego high schools are spending a week collecting climate change data at Glacier National Park. For the past year, students enrolled in the Elementary Institute of Science (EIS) in San Diego, Calif., have devoted their time after school and on weekends to studying climate change research, climate legislation, clean energy, alternative energy sources and green jobs.

The 22 students participating in this research-based, service learning project come from 10 inner city high schools in San Diego. All of the students are participants of the Commission of Science that Matters, a year-long, after school program held at EIS. While in Glacier, the students will conduct mountain goat and pika Citizen Science surveys, learn about climate change effects within Glacier National Park and assist with repeat photography of the park’s melting glaciers. The EIS students camp the entire week and minimize their carbon foot print by either hiking or using public transportation throughout their stay.

The students’ journey to Glacier began through conversations with the National Park Service Rivers and Trails Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA), the community assistance arm of the NPS that supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects and became a reality as a result of numerous partnerships and dedicated individuals. This innovative and unique citizen science project is made possible through a collaborative partnership with the Elementary Institute of Science, National Park Service, Groundwork San Diego, Southern California Research Learning Center, Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center, California Wolf Center and the Santa Monica Mountains Fund.

The Elementary Institute of Science is a premiere science enrichment center in San Diego that has offered science and technology learning opportunities to students for over 40 years.

These lunchtime Brown Bag lectures are made available by Glacier National Park’s Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center: http://www.nps.gov/glac/naturescience/ccrlc.htm.

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Did You Know?

Lake McDonald

Lake McDonald is the largest lake in the park with a length of 10 miles and a depth of 472 feet. The glacier that carved the Lake McDonald valley is estimated to have been around 2,200 feet thick.