Lake suitcases as a citizen science tool

Sara Egemose, Laura Amy Mohaupt, Christina Greve, Anna Louise Okholm, Thomas Kaarsted, Gitte Kragh

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Now children, young people and their families can learn more about the water quality and plant and animal life in our approx. 200,000 Danish lakes and ponds though the project “Lakes in spare time – lake ecology and citizen science” (øerifritiden). At the same time, researchers are being helped to obtain even more knowledge about the lakes. This is done through the development of several activities in collaboration with nature schools, libraries, after-school care facilities, voluntary associations, citizens, and researchers. Through the project activities, children and young people can become junior
freshwater biologists and contribute with new data and new knowledge about our lakes. The target groups are school children, young people, and their families.
One of the project activities is ‘lake suitcases’, where citizens, associations, etc. can borrow a box of equipment including guides, manuals, etc. and explore the local lake. Afterwards they are encouraged to report back the species, water quality data or other observations on the project homepage. The suitcases
can be borrowed, e.g., at local libraries. There are suitcases with 3 different themes: Animals and plants, water quality, and lake games. From spring 2022 it is planned to have 20 suitcases of each theme available. In 2021 the prototypes were developed and tested and feedback from relevant target groups where gathered and a thorough evaluation was performed. Lists with materials, manuals, etc. is also available online on the project website so that anybody interested in making their own suitcase can either get expired or use the materials for free. At the demo, we will demonstrate the suitcases, present the first lessons learned and encourage the participants to engage in further development of the activity.
StatusUdgivet - 2022
BegivenhedEngaging Citizen Science - Aarhus University, Aarhus, Danmark
Varighed: 25 apr. 202226 apr. 2022


KonferenceEngaging Citizen Science
LokationAarhus University


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