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Citizen Science Journey with Front Range Pika Project & NASA GLOBE Observer on the Grand Mesa

Fri Aug 13, 5:00 PM - Sat Aug 14, 3:00 PM
Girl Scout Events
Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors
Western Slope

Teen girls are invited to join female STEM professionals from a variety of academic fields for a two-day citizen science experience at Colorado Mesa University and then in the Grand Mesa National Forest to collect data for two citizen science projects. Girls will collect data for the Front Range Pika Project and NASA GLOBE Observer citizen science projects and, in the process, will complete the Think Like A Citizen Scientist Journey award badge.

Girls will gather for an evening classroom training on Friday, August 13 on the campus of Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction to learn about these two important projects and practice data collection protocols. Then, on Saturday, August 14, girls and volunteers will travel to the Grand Mesa to hike, explore, and document pika presence and habitat characteristics. Pikas are small mammals (related to rabbits) that live high in the mountains and may be threatened by climate change.

Data will be collected using smartphone apps. Girls will (preferably) bring their own smartphone or tablet. The new Pika Patrol app and NASA GLOBE Observer apps will be used to collect and submit all data. Girls will have an opportunity to download and practice using these apps at the Friday evening classroom event.

Program Schedule:

Friday August 13 at Colorado Mesa University:
5 - 7:30 p.m.
Parents and volunteers can plan to drop girls off and then come back to pick them up later, or they are welcome to join.

Saturday August 14 on Grand Mesa (near Powderhorn Ski Area):
9 a.m. Arrive at your group’s trailhead - details and directions to be shared during Friday session. Troop leaders and volunteers are welcome to join their girls during this field trip time. Activities will include group discussions, light hiking, and optional pika surveys on talus. Siblings and other family members and friends should plan to go for a hike elsewhere if planning to stay up on the Mesa all day.

1 p.m. - Parents and volunteers need to pick up girls and drive to our final closing program picnic area on the Mesa (details & directions will be shared on Friday)

1:30.p.m. - Closing program begins

3 p.m. - Event ends

Packing List will be included in the Confirmation E-mail.

All attendees must be registered Girl Scout members and all adults must be approved volunteers. At least one troop volunteer must have a current First Aid CPR certification. Find training information here. To prepare your troop, see Volunteer Essentials

Girls attending without their parent must be with an approved volunteer. Safety ratios must be maintained.

There are no refunds for this event.

Program questions? Contact: Sarah Johnson, 970-510-0697,

If you are having trouble completing registration, please contact or 877-404-5708.