MuseumNext 2013 - Challenging children to discover nature around the corner

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Presentation on Nature Around the Corner project, given during MuseumNext conference, May 14 2013, Beurs van Berlage (Amsterdam, Netherlands). This Dutch project aims for children in the age of 8 to 12 and their facilitators to discover and learn about the animals they encounter in their daily lives (i.e. around their home). It's a collaboration between Naturalis Biodiversity Center, the public broadcaster NTR (Het Klokhuis) and the Dutch bureau of the European Invertebrate Survey. See also http://www.dierenzoeker.nl (Animal Tracker, the main product of this project).

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MuseumNext 2013 - Challenging children to discover nature around the corner

  1. 1. Challenging childrento explore naturearound the cornerSander Pieterse@zzhercNaturalis Biodiversity Centerwww.naturalis.nlAmsterdam, NL / May 14, 2013
  2. 2. Zebra spider Salticus scenicus. Photo: Ab H. Baas (www.nederlandsesoorten.nl)Do you know your neighbours?
  3. 3. Joan as Surprised ChildPhoto: Milo Vermeulen (www.milov.nl)
  4. 4. Naturalis Biodiversity Center“To describe, understand and explain biodiversity,for the wellbeing of mankind and the sustainabilityof earth’s nature.”
  5. 5. Our natural history collection
  6. 6. Partners: Het Klokhuis (NTR)
  7. 7. Partners: add entomologists
  8. 8. Amsterdam park. Photo: jiruan (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jiruan/4546672089/; shared under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).Nature around the corner• Children age 8-12 + facilitators• Identify animals in homes, backyards, city parks,schoolyards, urban open space (gateway)
  9. 9. Photos: left - Lexie Flickinger (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56155476@N08/6659976191); right - Naturalis Biodiversity Center.The gap (between youth and nature)
  10. 10. Children’s curiosity
  11. 11. Primary schoolsPhoto: Waag Society (http://www.flickr.com/photos/waagsociety/8567735581/ shared under CC BY 2.0).
  12. 12. The Dutch government• Support for nature policies• Youth = priority• Modern, free, scalable, broadly applicable products• Funding
  13. 13. Nature / wildlife organisations
  14. 14. Credits: ANWB, OVB, Tringa Paintings, De Vlinderstichting.Animal ID the paper way
  15. 15. Our product: Animal TrackerURL (desktop & mobile site):http://www.dierenzoeker.nl
  16. 16. The content
  17. 17. Animal Tracker on television
  18. 18. Television and our web visits
  19. 19. Animal Tracker & primary schoolsPhoto: Waag Society (http://www.flickr.com/photos/waagsociety/8567735581/ shared under CC BY 2.0).“ What does a bird’s bill shape tell you about its diet?
  20. 20. Meanwhile, in the museum…
  21. 21. Meanwhile, in the museum…
  22. 22. Q&A day Naturalis & Het Klokhuis
  23. 23. Q&A day Naturalis & Het Klokhuis
  24. 24. Q&A day Naturalis & Het Klokhuis
  25. 25. Next: curating your neighbourhoodA field guide to mybackyard animals
  26. 26. Next: backyard citizen science
  27. 27. Back to Joan and The Birds…Photo: Milo Vermeulen (www.milov.nl)
  28. 28. Back to Joan and The Birds…Photo: Milo Vermeulen (www.milov.nl)
  29. 29. Back to Joan and The Birds…Photo: Milo Vermeulen (www.milov.nl)
  30. 30. Back to Joan and The Birds…Photo: Milo Vermeulen (www.milov.nl)
  31. 31. Back to Joan and The Birds…Photo: Milo Vermeulen (www.milov.nl)
  32. 32. Thanks. (And what’saround your corner?)Sander Pieterse@zzhercNaturalis Biodiversity Centerwww.naturalis.nlAmsterdam, NL / May 14, 2013

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