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University of Kansas - EEB Graduate Student Outreach Committee

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Date:
Sat Jan 01, 12:00 AM - 12:01 AM
Location:
University of Kansas - EEB Graduate Student Outreach Committee
Program Type:
You Schedule It!
Category:
Community Partner
Level:
Ambassador, Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Adult
 

The University of Kansas Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Student Outreach Committee is a group of graduate students dedicated to communicating science to the public in a fun and engaging manner. Our committee is comprised of students that are broadly studying Ecology and/or Evolutionary Biology with interests including aquatic food webs, invertebrate evolution, sexual selection, epigenetic mechanisms, parasite taxonomy, paleoecology, bioinformatics, and phylogenetics. 

Location: Workshops can be conducted on KU campus or members of the committee are willing to travel within an hour driving distance from Lawrence KS.

Cost Per Girl: Suggested $1 donation 
Cost Per Adult: N/A

Current partner programs are listed below. 


Bug Badge Workshop

 Brownie 

We have a large insect collection and few live insects that we use to guide a bug discussion. In a group, the Girl Scouts can work on coloring a bug fact sheet. If the weather is permitting, we can bring out nets and collecting gear to lead a group in collecting their own insects to start their own insect collection. (Length: ~2 hours)  

Registration Requirements:  All girls participating as a Girl Scout in this activity must be registered Girl Scout members. If attending as a troop, all volunteers also need to be registered members and/or have completed and approved background checks. If non-registered individuals (adults or tags) are allowed to participate in this activity supplemental insurance is required. Use the Insurance Purchase Form to purchase insurance at least 3 weeks prior to the event. Completed forms can be emailed to programapprovals@gsksmo.org.

How to Register:
Email Andrew at a689m863@ku.edu to set up the details.


Nature Walk with KU Naturalists

 Daisy   Brownie   Junior   Cadette   Senior   Ambassador  Adult

KU graduate students will lead Girl Scouts on a nature walk around the Hidden Valley campground (Lawrence, KS), or another nature area closer to your troop's home base. We will discover the biodiversity of NE Kansas/NW Missouri on a casual and exploratory nature walk. Girl Scouts will learn how to use field guides to identify what they observe in the wild. They will also learn how naturalists find, capture, and preserve specimens such as plants, animals, insects, and fossils. Using what they have learned, Girl Scouts will create their own field guide notebook. Content will be adjusted for the ages and interests of the participating troop. Please wear closed-toed shoes. Long pants are recommended. (Length: 1-2 hours)​

Registration Requirements:  All girls participating as a Girl Scout in this activity must be registered Girl Scout members. If attending as a troop, all volunteers also need to be registered members and/or have completed and approved background checks. If non-registered individuals (adults or tags) are allowed to participate in this activity supplemental insurance is required. Use the Insurance Purchase Form to purchase insurance at least 3 weeks prior to the event. Completed forms can be emailed to programapprovals@gsksmo.org.

How to Register:
Email Emily Arsenault at erarsenault@ku.edu to set up the details.


DNA Extraction and Exploration

 Junior   Cadette   Senior   Ambassador

In this exercise, KU graduate students will lead Girl Scouts through a simple extraction of their own DNA, which they can take home with them! The graduate student leaders will also introduce the concept of genomics/genetics to students, and what they can teach us about ourselves, our health, and the diversity of life on earth. Content will be adjusted for the age of the troop level participating.  (Length: ~1 hr) 

Registration Requirements:  All girls participating as a Girl Scout in this activity must be registered Girl Scout members. If attending as a troop, all volunteers also need to be registered members and/or have completed and approved background checks. If non-registered individuals (adults or tags) are allowed to participate in this activity supplemental insurance is required. Use the Insurance Purchase Form to purchase insurance at least 3 weeks prior to the event. Completed forms can be emailed to programapprovals@gsksmo.org.

How to Register:
Email Lucas Hemmer at lhemmer@ku.edu to set up the details.


Meet a Marine Biologist

 Brownie   Junior   Cadette   Senior   Ambassador 

Brownies can enjoy this activity as part of their Wonders of Water Journey but the event is available for Troops from all levels. KU graduate students in the marine sciences will give short presentations on their biology research and will then open up the floor for questions from Girl Scouts about their research as well as general marine biology career information. Presenters will bring specimens from their research for students to look at after the talks are over, as well as a group activity where girls will sort some of these specimens into major animal groups so they get a first-hand look at what marine biologists work on. Exact research topics may vary per date but may include jellyfish and their relatives and the parasites of sharks and rays! Content will be adjusted for the age of the troop level participating.  (Length: 45min-1hr)

Registration Requirements:  All girls participating as a Girl Scout in this activity must be registered Girl Scout members. If attending as a troop, all volunteers also need to be registered members and/or have completed and approved background checks. If non-registered individuals (adults or tags) are allowed to participate in this activity supplemental insurance is required. Use the Insurance Purchase Form to purchase insurance at least 3 weeks prior to the event. Completed forms can be emailed to programapprovals@gsksmo.org.

How to Register:
Email Sally Chang at eschang1@gmail.com to set up details. 


Animal Habitat Badge Workshop

 Junior

​Come earn your Animal Habitat badge! This workshop is led by the graduate students of the Aquatic Ecology Lab at the University of Kansas. Girl Scouts will learn about the adaptations that fish and invertebrates need to be able to survive in the aquatic environments of rivers and lakes. There are two different options for this workshop: we can take a trip to a local stream or pond, where the Girl Scouts can explore and collect organisms within their natural habitat, or troops can visit our lab at the University of Kansas, where we will interact with live aquatic organisms (collected prior to the start of the workshop), and work on a fish art project to take home. (Length: 1-2 hours)​​

Registration Requirements:  All girls participating as a Girl Scout in this activity must be registered Girl Scout members. If attending as a troop, all volunteers also need to be registered members and/or have completed and approved background checks. If non-registered individuals (adults or tags) are allowed to participate in this activity supplemental insurance is required. Use the Insurance Purchase Form to purchase insurance at least 3 weeks prior to the event. Completed forms can be emailed to programapprovals@gsksmo.org.

How to Register:
​Email Emily Arsenault at erarsenault@ku.edu to set up the details.


Be a Paleontologist

 Daisy   Brownie   Junior   Cadette   Senior   Ambassador

​A small group of KU graduate students will lead Girl Scout Troops through a collecting site near Lawrence KS to collect invertebrate fossils. Girl Scouts will learn basic identification of fossils and about the geology of the site. This workshop lasts 1.5 hours.

Registration Requirements:  All girls participating as a Girl Scout in this activity must be registered Girl Scout members. If attending as a troop, all volunteers also need to be registered members and/or have completed and approved background checks. If non-registered individuals (adults or tags) are allowed to participate in this activity supplemental insurance is required. Use the Insurance Purchase Form to purchase insurance at least 3 weeks prior to the event. Completed forms can be emailed to programapprovals@gsksmo.org.

How to Register:
​Email Ryan Ridder to set up details.