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We are thinking of starting a science café monthly series at NNC - what days and times of day would you be interested in participating in an informal discussion about cool science topics and hearing from local experts? Saturday or Sunday afternoons? A weekday afternoon or evening? Let us know in the comments!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Are you or someone you know a middle school STEM teacher interested in expanding the use of scientific and geospatial #data in your classroom? Learn more about an opportunity to partner with Nurture Nature Center, Education Development Center and CIRES Education & Outreach: oceansofdata.org/opportunity-middle-school-stem-teachers Apply by Oct 15. #STEMEd ... See MoreSee Less

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Join us for the last star party of the year - this Saturday October 8th from 7:30-9:30 pm in Scott Park. There will be astronomy experts and telescopes available to guide you in viewing the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn. We hope to see you stop by during this free event. Please RSVP to ksemmens@nurturenature.org so we can let you know if there is a last minute change due to poor viewing conditions. ... See MoreSee Less

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We are so excited to welcome Maggie Beetstra to the social science research team at Nurture Nature Center!
Maggie is an environmental social scientist who studies how people make conservation decisions. She holds a Ph.D. in environment and natural resources with a concentration in environmental social science from The Ohio State University, a master's degree in public administration from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington, and a bachelor's degree in environmental earth science from Washington University in St. Louis. Maggie previously worked for the Evans Policy Analysis and Research Group and the Climate Impacts Group, and she recently completed a Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship in the NOAA Office of Education. Currently, Maggie also works for Georgetown University as a senior statistical analyst. Her research focuses on how people make conservation decisions, and she is particularly interested in research that engages community members throughout the process. At NNC, she will lend her expertise to the growing social science research work.
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Tomorrow is International Observe the Moon Night.
Visit NNC for a free program about the moon Saturday October 1st, 1-2:30 pm and learn all about the moon and how various cultures have named the moon. There will also be some moon poetry.

As Earth’s only natural satellite, the Moon inspires and illuminates us. International Observe the Moon Night is a time to come together to learn about lunar science and exploration, observe the Moon in the night sky, and honor cultural and personal connections to the Moon. Join us to learn about our Moon and how you can observe this first-quarter Moon, where shadows enhance its cratered landscape. We’ll also explore Indigenous Full Moon Names - how other cultures have named changes in the Moon to denote different times of their year.
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