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Libby’s Library Inspires the Next Generation of Citizen Scientists

  • Local Champion: Lincoln County Public Libraries Foundation
  • Date Funded: April 8, 2024
  • Grant Amount: $600

Citizen scientists play an unheralded but critical role for many environmental research projects. They serve as the boots on the ground, reaching places and collecting data that often scientists and land managers cannot. But getting involved in citizen science, and scientific research more generally, can be challenging for young people and families in rural communities who may not have the skills or an in-depth knowledge of science. Leaders with the Lincoln County Public Libraries Foundation and Lincoln County Library wanted to give local residents the opportunity to learn and practice scientific research. Their idea: citizen science kits families could check out. LOR’s funding will help the Lincoln County Public Libraries Foundation purchase science kits that will guide families through environmental data collection and teach them about biodiversity, pollinators, and air quality. The kits will give Libby families the chance to experience hands-on research while inspiring the next generation of citizen scientists.

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