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5th Annual Global City Nature Challenge | April 29 – May 2

Greater St. Louis Bi-State Region

This weekend, take part in the global City Nature Challenge!

HELP THE ST. LOUIS REGION COMPETE AND WIN!

It's here! The 2022 City Nature Challenge is happening all around the world April 29-May 2. This will be the fifth year the St. Louis metro area will be competing in the global event, coordinated by iNaturalist to see which city or metropolitan region in the world can document the most species in 4 days. More than 200 cities and metro regions are competing.

Participation is easy. Click the event, or the orange Event Information button, for details on how to participate!

Free

5th Annual Global City Nature Challenge | April 29 – May 2

Greater St. Louis Bi-State Region

This weekend, take part in the global City Nature Challenge!

HELP THE ST. LOUIS REGION COMPETE AND WIN!

It's here! The 2022 City Nature Challenge is happening all around the world April 29-May 2. This will be the fifth year the St. Louis metro area will be competing in the global event, coordinated by iNaturalist to see which city or metropolitan region in the world can document the most species in 4 days. More than 200 cities and metro regions are competing.

Participation is easy. Click the event, or the orange Event Information button, for details on how to participate!

Free

Shuttterbee! Backyard Bee Photography to Improve Conservation Practices

Greater St. Louis Bi-State Region

Your Backyard! St. Louis, MO United States

Feeling shut in? Get out with Shutterbee! in this year-round Community Action science collaboration OPEN to ALL area nature and conservation enthusiasts 12 years and up to document bee diversity and inform conservation strategies in the St. Louis region.

Registration for training and participation in Shutterbee required! Click the event, or the Orange Event Information button, for details on how to participate!

Enjoy some sunshine, learn about your backyard bees, and join a fantastic community of bee enthusiasts! We invite you to help us track bees throughout the St. Louis region by hanging out in your own backyard on days when the weather is warm (>60°F) and partly to mostly sunny between 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The goals of this project are to understand how landscape features and land management decisions affect bee diversity and behavior.

We need your help to figure it out!

Free

5th Annual Global City Nature Challenge | April 29 – May 2

Greater St. Louis Bi-State Region

This weekend, take part in the global City Nature Challenge!

HELP THE ST. LOUIS REGION COMPETE AND WIN!

It's here! The 2022 City Nature Challenge is happening all around the world April 29-May 2. This will be the fifth year the St. Louis metro area will be competing in the global event, coordinated by iNaturalist to see which city or metropolitan region in the world can document the most species in 4 days. More than 200 cities and metro regions are competing.

Participation is easy. Click the event, or the orange Event Information button, for details on how to participate!

Free

Science Fair- Results & Awards!

eFair - St. Louis, MO

Did you participate in this year's Academy of Science - St. Louis Regional K-12 Science eFair? Results are now available!

Free

Give STL Day

Virtual

Give STL Day is a 24-hour, online giving event organized by the St. Louis Community Foundation to grow philanthropy in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The minimum donation is $10 and the maximum is $100,000. The goal is to inspire the community to come together for 24 hours to contribute as many charitable dollars as […]

What Television Shows Like CSI Don’t Tell You About Forensic Science

Zoom

Zoom

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Click the event name, or the orange Event Information button, for more information and to register! Registrants receive Zoom link to join via email immediately after registering.

Featured Speaker: Erik Hall, Ph.D., Director of Forensic Science and Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, Saint Louis University

Erik Hall, Director of Forensic Science at Saint Louis University and former Biology technical leader at the St. Louis City Crime Lab, discusses the role of the forensic scientist, covers scientific techniques used by police to solve crime, and dispels some myths about CSI. Bring your Sherlock Holmes caps as we discuss DNA, fingerprints, bloodstain pattern analysis, and other crime scene investigation techniques!

Free

Conservation Conversations: Where the Wild Things Are: Exploring How Society Shapes the Biodiversity of Cities

Saint Louis Zoo 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North lot ONLY or on the street in Forest Park.

Featured Speaker: Christopher Schell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, Berkeley Rausser College of Natural Resources, University of California

Evolutionary biologist, Chris Schell, explains how economic and racial inequities shape biodiversity patterns in cities, with particular focus on urban mammals; and he addresses how using a social-ecological and environmental justice lens is critical for developing human and wildlife resilience in an ever-changing world.

Free

Satellite Remote Sensing and Modeling of Air Quality

Zoom

Zoom

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration required! Click the event name, or the orange Event Information button, for more information and to register. Zoom event link sent w/confirmation email.

Featured Speaker: Randall Martin, Ph.D., Raymond R. Tucker Distinguished Professor of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, McKelvey School of Engineering and Center for Aerosol Science and Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

Outdoor air quality is the leading global environmental determinant of longevity. However, ground-level monitoring remains sparse in many regions of the world. Satellite remote sensing offers global data to fill these gaps. Global modeling plays a critical role in interpreting these satellite observations. These information sources indicate pronounced variation in air quality around the world, with implications for global public health.

The NASA Connection is a special partnership series of The Academy of Science - St. Louis and the NASA SOLAR SYSTEM AMBASSADORS - Southern Illinois.

Free

Shuttterbee! Backyard Bee Photography to Improve Conservation Practices

Greater St. Louis Bi-State Region

Your Backyard! St. Louis, MO United States

Feeling shut in? Get out with Shutterbee! in this year-round Community Action science collaboration OPEN to ALL area nature and conservation enthusiasts 12 years and up to document bee diversity and inform conservation strategies in the St. Louis region.

Registration for training and participation in Shutterbee required! Click the event, or the Orange Event Information button, for details on how to participate!

Enjoy some sunshine, learn about your backyard bees, and join a fantastic community of bee enthusiasts! We invite you to help us track bees throughout the St. Louis region by hanging out in your own backyard on days when the weather is warm (>60°F) and partly to mostly sunny between 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The goals of this project are to understand how landscape features and land management decisions affect bee diversity and behavior.

We need your help to figure it out!

Free

STEM Teens Field Trip: Discover the Science of Pet Nutrition at Nestlé Purina

Nestle Purina Checkerboard Square, St. Louis, MO

This event is FULL and REGISTRATION IS CLOSED!

Exact location and important information on Purina-provided lunch, parking and student drop off sent with registration confirmation.

SPACE is LIMITED. TEENS ONLY! REGISTRATION and LIABILITY WAIVER REQUIRED. Registration deadline is 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 7. FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members, STEM Teens Leadership Council, and all middle and high school students in grades 6-12 from throughout the region. (Students who have completed 5th grade may attend.) PRE-REGISTRATION for Junior Academy members and STEM Teens ONLY thru Saturday, June 4. General registration opens Sunday, June 5. Click the event name, or the orange Event Information button, for more information and to register.

To join the Junior Academy of Science, or to find out more about the benefits of membership in the Junior Academy, Click Here.

Academy of Science - St. Louis COVID-19 FIELD TRIP POLICY: N95 or KN95 masks are required for all attending teens regardless of vaccination status, and must be worn at all times while participating in Academy of Science field trip opportunities. Masks must completely cover the nose and mouth. This policy is subject to change as circumstances arise keeping safety in mind for everyone.

If you're a teen in grades 6 - 12, join us at the Purina Institute for this insider look at understanding the scientific power of nutrition and its positive impact on pet health and longevity. Tour the Institute, meet the scientists, stay for lunch (provided by Purina), and check out Purina's Retail Innovation Center.

The global voice of Purina’s science, Purina Institute scientists and STEM professionals advance the science of nutrition, making industry-defining discoveries in pet nutrition and promoting global collaboration with the veterinary community and the world’s scientific thought leaders.

Free

Conservation Conversations: Life on the Rocks: Building a Future for Coral Reefs

Saint Louis Zoo 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO

Hybrid Event with book signing at in-person presentation.

Registration required for virtual event ONLY, or attend in person at:

Saint Louis Zoo
Anheuser-Busch Theater, The Living World
1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
+ Google Map

(Zoo North Entrance and North Parking Lot ONLY.) Click the event name, or the orange Event Information button, for more information and to register.

Free and OPEN to ALL. Registration required for virtual event ONLY. Reservations not required for in-person attendance. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Parking is free in the Zoo North lot or on the street in Forest Park.

Following government guidelines, the Zoo no longer has mask requirements for guests, but still recommends that guests wear them indoors. Please continue to be kind and considerate of others’ decisions to wear or not wear masks.

Featured Speaker: Juli Berwald, Ph.D., science writer and ocean expert

Science writer and ocean expert Juli Berwald discusses her new book, Life on the Rocks: Building a Future for Coral Reefs, an inspiring, lucid, meditative ode to coral reefs and the undaunted scientists working to save them against almost impossible odds. Berwald shares what it means to keep fighting a battle whose outcome is uncertain and the beauty of small victories.

Copies of Life on the Rocks will be available for purchase and signing by the author following the in-person presentation.

Free

A Survey of Missouri’s Ticks and Tick-Borne Pathogens Using Citizen Science

Zoom

Zoom

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Click the event name, or the orange Event Information button, for more information and to register! Registrants receive Zoom link to join via email immediately after registering.

Featured Scientist: Deborah Hudman, MS, Senior Research Associate, Microbiology and Immunology, A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

There is a pressing need to increase tick surveillance in Missouri. New human pathogens transmitted by ticks are being discovered, and the state has a diverse and abundant tick community that is poorly understood. Using citizen science, we can develop information on patterns in tick-borne health issues statewide and simultaneously convert the public from passive recipients of information to active participants in scientific study. This project began in April 2021 and will continue through September 2022. To date, over 15,000 ticks have been submitted and all but one county has submitted at least one tick.

      

Free

Shuttterbee! Backyard Bee Photography to Improve Conservation Practices

Greater St. Louis Bi-State Region

Your Backyard! St. Louis, MO United States

Feeling shut in? Get out with Shutterbee! in this year-round Community Action science collaboration OPEN to ALL area nature and conservation enthusiasts 12 years and up to document bee diversity and inform conservation strategies in the St. Louis region.

Registration for training and participation in Shutterbee required! Click the event, or the Orange Event Information button, for details on how to participate!

Enjoy some sunshine, learn about your backyard bees, and join a fantastic community of bee enthusiasts! We invite you to help us track bees throughout the St. Louis region by hanging out in your own backyard on days when the weather is warm (>60°F) and partly to mostly sunny between 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The goals of this project are to understand how landscape features and land management decisions affect bee diversity and behavior.

We need your help to figure it out!

Free

The Work of the Engineers Without Borders USA Gateway Professional Chapter

Zoom

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration required! Click the event name, or the orange Event Information button, for more information and to register! Registrants receive Zoom link to join via email immediately after registering.

Featured Engineers:
Chad Olney, Civil Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Kansas City District Extension Office, St. Louis; Project Lead, Engineers Without Borders Gateway Chapter Community Engineering Corps project, Vacant Lots to Parks, Connecting Hodiamont Tracks
Bridget Hart, Software Engineer, Mastercard; Vice President, Engineers Without Borders Gateway Professional Chapter

Learn about the basics of Engineers Without Borders - USA's project process and the local Gateway Chapter's water supply/sanitation programs in Bolivia and Nicaragua, its local infrastructure, volunteer projects in St. Louis, and opportunities for members of the community to get involved.

      

Free

Shuttterbee! Backyard Bee Photography to Improve Conservation Practices

Greater St. Louis Bi-State Region

Your Backyard! St. Louis, MO United States

Feeling shut in? Get out with Shutterbee! in this year-round Community Action science collaboration OPEN to ALL area nature and conservation enthusiasts 12 years and up to document bee diversity and inform conservation strategies in the St. Louis region.

Registration for training and participation in Shutterbee required! Click the event, or the Orange Event Information button, for details on how to participate!

Enjoy some sunshine, learn about your backyard bees, and join a fantastic community of bee enthusiasts! We invite you to help us track bees throughout the St. Louis region by hanging out in your own backyard on days when the weather is warm (>60°F) and partly to mostly sunny between 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The goals of this project are to understand how landscape features and land management decisions affect bee diversity and behavior.

We need your help to figure it out!

Free

The Crystal Ball to the World of Plants: Seeing the Unseen with Remote Sensing and AI to Improve Food Security

Zoom

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration required! Click the event name, or the orange Event Information button, for more information and to register! Registrants receive Zoom link to join via email immediately after registering.

Featured Scientist: Vasit Sagan, PhD, Associate Professor of GIScience, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Saint Louis University; Acting Director, Taylor Geospatial Institute

Dr. Vasit Sagan, Associate Professor of GIScience at Saint Louis University and Acting Director of the Taylor Geospatial Institute presents how remote sensing and AI are being used to develop better crops, teach plants to adapt to a changing climate, and ultimately improve global food security. Vasit demonstrates the capabilities of modern technologies and novel machine learning techniques that allow us to better understand and see inside the magnificent world of plants invisible to our naked eyes.

Free

Shuttterbee! Backyard Bee Photography to Improve Conservation Practices

Greater St. Louis Bi-State Region

Your Backyard! St. Louis, MO United States

Feeling shut in? Get out with Shutterbee! in this year-round Community Action science collaboration OPEN to ALL area nature and conservation enthusiasts 12 years and up to document bee diversity and inform conservation strategies in the St. Louis region.

Registration for training and participation in Shutterbee required! Click the event, or the Orange Event Information button, for details on how to participate!

Enjoy some sunshine, learn about your backyard bees, and join a fantastic community of bee enthusiasts! We invite you to help us track bees throughout the St. Louis region by hanging out in your own backyard on days when the weather is warm (>60°F) and partly to mostly sunny between 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The goals of this project are to understand how landscape features and land management decisions affect bee diversity and behavior.

We need your help to figure it out!

Free

Honey, I Shrunk the Frogs: Uncontrolled Landing Behavior in Miniaturized Pumpkin Toadlets

Zoom

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration required! Click the event name, or the orange Event Information button, for more information and to register! Registrants receive Zoom link to join via email immediately after registering.

Featured Scientist:
Richard L. Essner, Jr., Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Miniaturized frogs are among the world’s smallest vertebrates. Living at the lower extremes of vertebrate body size offers unique opportunities but comes with substantial costs. Biologist Richard Essner shares how miniaturization has resulted in a loss of controlled landing behavior in pumpkin toadlets, a diverse group of frogs from Brazil’s Atlantic Forest.

Free

Astronomy on Tap at Astronomy Fest: Beautiful Science—Combining the Art of Astrophotography with the Pursuit of Science Data

West End Picnic Site at Tower Grove Park JP4P+M2 St. Louis, Missouri, St. Louis, MO

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Space and seating is limited. Advance registration is strongly recommended. Click the event name, or the orange Event Information button, for more information and to register! Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs or picnic blankets.

Drinks and food will be available to purchase on site from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

American Sign Language (ASL) will be provided by Paraquad’s Deaf Way Interpreting Services for this talk.

Featured Speaker: Pamela Gay, Ph.D., Program Director & Executive Producer, CosmoQuest; Senior Education and Communication Specialist and Senior Scientist, Planetary Science Institute; Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Awards 2021 Science Educator Award recipient, The Academy of Science - St. Louis

It doesn't matter if you're taking your own images or creating new compositions from archived data, your beautiful pictures may put you on the pathway to doing science. You can help scientists better understand our universe while creating your own stunning views of the skies we all share. No telescope required!

September's Astronomy on Tap is being presented at Astronomy Fest! Take a trip to the stars & beyond at Tower Grove Park’s first-ever Astronomy Festival! Enjoy a full day of festivities for all ages at this free, public event on Sat, Sep 10, 2022.

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