Fresh Air Moments
The Highlands Center For Natural History is committed to staying connected with you and the natural world. Everyday for as long as our public programs are postponed or cancelled, our education staff will be sharing place-based nature and science-related posts. These posts are intended to be interactive, shared, and to be a resource for all people. These “Fresh Air Moments” are our way of encouraging everyone to take a moment outside everyday – on your porch, in your backyard, walking on the sidewalk, or on local trails like here at the Highlands Center.
Get out and explore the Central Highlands freshwater systems by searching for and collecting macroinvertebrates. Learn more about the preparation, observation, collection process, and conclusions associated with this process. Join Sarah from the Highlands Center for...
All macroinvertebrates are exciting to find, but caddisflys, if you have never seen them, are some of the coolest! These insect larvae form cases, using silk and debris from their environment to protect their abdomens. Check out this caddisfly, found in a Central...
Light plays an important role in freshwater ecosystems. Turbidity, the measure of depth that light can penetrate a given body of water, is something scientists measure when studying water quality.
Macroinvertebrates! The joy of Spring! We've had our first sightings of water striders, see if you can spot these two.
Take a moment to relax and find a way to use water to express yourselfWatch the video below to see a way to do just that!
Challenge: Who can spot the first water strider of the warmer seasons in the Central Highlands?Watch the video below to see one of the reasons why these macroinvertebrates are so special.
Water is the most important solvent in our ecological world. Watch the video below to learnwhat makes a solvent a solvent and how you can experiment with water solvency at home or outside!
Water has a low density in its solid form, ice, which isn't true for all compounds occuring in the natural world. Watch the video below to learn how the properties of water when it freezes has shaped our landscapes and life as we know it!