On 17-18 May, 2016, another successful year of Long-Term Ecological Research educational activity ended with the annual national conference at Ramat Hanadiv. Through the LTER- Eduproject, schoolchildren become active participants in long-term ecological monitoring, collecting important meteorological data and statistics about plants, butterflies and other invertebrates, birds and more.
The global LTER network provides the scientific basis and protocols for monitoring and data-sharing used in this programme. The pupils carry out their monitoring in Ramat Hanadiv's Nature Park and in the vicinity of their schools. The LTER-Edu project, operating at Ramat Hanadiv since 2008, involves elementary- and middle-school pupils throughout Israel. This year, with the launch of the Partnership for Regional Sustainability by Ramat Hanadiv, most of the LTER-Edu participants came from schools in towns and villages that belong to the Partnership.
At the start of the annual conference, pupils enjoyed group activities centered on sustainability and biodiversity at Ramat Hanadiv, and some children joined the teams monitoring butterflies and collecting data according to the concept of 'citizens' science' [data monitoring by citizens, according to scientific guidelines]. Afterwards, they all met to look at a scientific and artistic exhibit — the fruit of their own creativity — and to give highly original presentations of their findings.
As always, high level of creativity, knowledge and investment were shown in the excellent results. The pupils had clearly internalized the year's learning process. We thank all of them and their teachers, and look forward to the our next year of activity!
For further information about the LTER-Edu programme and other educational projects, go to our website