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Connecting Science and Students to their Communities C L M and TERC an education research organization and Wildlands Trust a land conservation organization. TERC is developing the programs curriculum while Manomet is providing scientic expertise and training to educators. Wildlands Trust is providing access to sev- eral land parcels. This August Manomet and TERC were awarded a 450000 Discovery Research K-12 Grant from the National Science Foundation NSF to be used over three years to design and implement the Climate Lab research project on a larger scale. Trevor Lloyd-Evans is the Director of Manomets Landbird Program and has led the Landbird Banding Lab since 1972. He is spearheading this innovative education research project which is designed for middle school children. Through Climate Lab educators teach their students how to collect data on biological indicators of climate change in their own communities. Lloyd-Evans explains that We created Climate Lab as a way to bring children outdoors to experience natu- ral habitats. Were introducing students to the scientic method. They learn how to collect record and interpret scientic data. The amazing range of electronic media sources available has certainly informed young people that most scientists believe the climate is warming ever more rapidly. However its important for children to learn that this is not just a problem in the Arcticit is happening everywhere in each of our own back yards woods and marshes. The students learn about how to take biological mea- surements that can be linked over time to a changing climate such as average percent of tree canopy shrub and herb cover timing of leafout tree height and DBH diam- eter breast height. Students will identify plants inverte- brates and birds to understand rsthand the connections between habitat weather food and vegetation cover. This information will then be electronically led by Manomet to create a database of local climate change impacts that will be accessible to all of the participating schools. Students will have access to Manomet data for by Cheryl Botieri CLIMATE LAB AN EXPLORATORY STUDY 12 MANOMET PARTNERSHIPS WINTER 2014