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Woods Hole Field Center Earth Science Week Activities

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In honor of Earth Science Week and the Cape Cod Pathways Walking Weekend Project, Beth Schwarzman, Outreach Coordinator, led a geology walk around Long Pond in Falmouth. The walk concentrated on the basics of local geology, including glacial history and processes, and local hydrology. Forty people followed our "pied geologist." Many walkers indicated that they wanted to know even more about geology!

A second activity of Earth Science Week was to initiate a 4th-grade curriculum development program with local elementary schools. Beth met with 4th-grade teachers to design a field trip, class activities, and local science resources that would help them meet their teaching-standard requirements for incorporating Earth science into their science curriculum. Although initiated during Earth Science Week, this activity will continue throughout the next few months as the curriculum is developed. Beth is also chairperson for the local Woods Hole Science and Technology Partnership program, which provides opportunities for partnering, networking, mentoring, and small grants to encourage collaboration between the local scientific community and the school system.

The WHFC was represented at the USGS WRD Northboro, MA, office open house on August 27th. Beth staffed the WHFC display. The display included 3 posters, many fact sheets about projects in Massachusetts, and the video about the Boston outfall-pipe project. The open house was well attended despite heavy rain and lightning.

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