Atlanta Science Festival: Discovery Day and EcoExpedition

On Saturday, March 18, Georgia State University hosted Discovery Day at the Petit Science Center as part of the Atlanta Science Festival. The Georgia Geographic Alliance and GSU Geosciences hosted several stations including a feature of the Giant Traveling Map of Georgia!  Over 100 kids, parents, students, and educators visited the map and participated in interactive map activities.

On March 18th, 2017, Georgia Geographic Alliance hosted EcoExpedition as one of its events at the Atlanta Science Festival this year. Scientists, volunteers, citizen scientists, parents, and kids of all ages came out to Stone Mountain to enjoy an activity-filled day in the sun! Volunteers led hikes along the mountain to search for as many observable species as possible and record them using iNaturalist. Young scientists could decorate their GGA field equipment backpacks and take off with their composition notebooks and pencils to identify the men carved into Stone Mountain, make observations about the local plants, fungus, bugs, mammals, birds, and more, and to learn about the rocks in the park. The Geosciences Club at Georgia State University held an event alongside EcoExpedition called Rock n’ Walk whereby students led geology-focused hikes up the mountain instead. We enjoyed seeing you all at our 2nd annual BioBlitz done this year as the EcoExpedition for Atlanta Science Festival and hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

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