Dimensions, May/June 2010—Variations on a Theme: Science Centers Address Biodiversity


May/June 2010

The United Nations has declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. Defined as the variety of life on Earth, biodiversity refers not only to the world’s diverse array of species, from animals to plants to micro-organisms, but also to the genetic variation within species, and the ecosystems where species live and interact. Whether through exhibitions, workshops, outreach programs, community partnerships, or Public Participation in Scientific Research projects, science centers can play an important role in increasing public understanding of biodiversity, its value, the threats it faces, and what can be done to help.

  • Biodiversity: Time for Action, by Gérard Cobut
  • The Calumet Environmental Education Program: A Model for Science Learning, by Kirk Anne Taylor
  • An Oasis in the City: Tokyo’s Institute for Nature Study, by Miki Takahashi
  • Variety is the Spice of Life: Biodiversity and its Conservation as a Basic Commitment, by Francisco J. Franco del Amo and Francisco Armesto Ramón
  • Biodiversity in China, by Frances Leung
  • Lessons from the Tree of Life, by Jane Pickering and Ellen Giusti
  • Partnering for Conservation in the Solomon Islands, by Brian Weeks, Catherine Smith, and Eleanor Sterling
  • Grassroots Gardening, by Jenny Fortier and Dana Murchison
  • Making Big Abstract Science Accessible, by Marilyn Hoyt and Dan Wharton
  • Public Participation in Scientific Research

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