Through Nature in the Neighborhood and the Splash Youth Corps
children and their parents get to meet scientists who live and
work in our region as they share what they know and love about
exploring life outdoors. These experiences at Splash can open
eyes, warm hearts and expand minds to possibilities for their
Many professional scientists in our region work with nature as
their job. They make a living practicing science. However,
thousands more lay scientists practice scientific investigation
as a pastime and study nature for fun. In fact, many lay
scientists become experts in their field of interest because they
love nature and they love learning about it.
For lifelong learners, there is always more to explore and
investigate in nature. Many professional and lay scientists spend
time sharing their knowledge with young people, hoping that
nature exploration will give them the joy that they experience.
Most believe that every generation inherits the work (and the
fun) of preserving wildlife from the previous generation, and is
responsible for passing it on to the next one.
Here are some examples of the fields of study that professional
and lay scientists pursue…
Entomology is the study of insects. Aquatic Entomology is
the study of insects that live in the water during all or part of
their lives. Many flying insects such as dragonflies,
damselflies, caddisflies spend their larval youth in a stream,
where they are the primary prey of fish. You can tell a lot about
the quality of the water in a stream by the species living in it.
Botanists study plants. Over 10,000 species of plants live
in California, so a botanist has a lot of studying to do just to
learn to identify them. But botany is more than just knowing the
names of plants. Botanists learn where and when plants bloom,
what pollinates them, and what eats them.
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and continue serving 80+ classes of 4th/5th graders every year.
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