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Earth Week Outreach 2019

Updated: Apr 29, 2019

Spring time is always a pleasant flurry of hectic, and the graduate students in our department are fairly involved in outreach activities. So, I ended up in an elementary school twice this Earth Week, which was pretty fun.


BUT THE FIRST DAY WAS EARTH DAY AND IT WAS SO COOL

When I was growing up, my school celebrated Earth Day by having us plant trees and pick up trash (which was still cool and a fun break from classes).


This school had VR goggles for the students though.



They had an alligator they got to pet, and a parrot.



There was a tortoise and two invasive species of turtle.



And a legless lizard, which can be identified as lizards instead of snakes in that they have ear-holes, eyelids, a jaw, and protolegs, all of which snakes lack.



While it was hard to compete with all the neat critters and Virtual Reality , we did have a hadrosaurus footprint which caught a few eyes.



And also this epic piece of petrified wood.


Side-note: a little girl called me the "queen of crystals" and I just about died. Hands down, best compliment ever.



University of Oregon

Department of Earth Sciences

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