Wednesday, April 13, 2011

WOODSmont #2 - Continuing Outreach

I recently set up an exhibit all about lichens at my second WOODSmont Childrens' Festival. Some readers may recall my post about last year's event. Once again, it was a great success; it was both a lot of fun and a great chance to expose people to lichens at a young age!

The festival was sponsored by Duke University's Wilderness Outdoor Opportunities for Durham Students ('WOODS'). My table included 'touch and feel' lichens, a dissecting scope (so that children could see the lichens up close), and samples of local lichens for children to take home. I also had opportunities to interact with people of all ages from the local community and a number of K-12 educators.

There were many lichens to put under the scope.

I was sure to accommodate even the smallest of lichen observers.

The whole family can learn to love lichens!

 A lesson on minute graphids.

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