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WNC Nature Center Offers Free Course in Biodiversity for Teachers

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ASHEVILLE, NC – You and your classroom can be a part of the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) by attending this free course on Saturday, July 18th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the WNC Nature Center, 75 Gashes Creek Road in East Asheville!

Currently, every aspect of life in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now being studied extensively by scientists and volunteers through the ATBI, a part of the national program, Discover Life in America. The goal is to discover and catalog every type of living organism in the park. To date, almost 900 species new to science and nearly 6500 species new to the Park have been documented.

Now you, if you are a teacher, can replicate the same effort in your classroom. If you attend this FREE course, your students can do their own species study in the schoolyard. An introduction to the Smokies ATBI will be followed with some outdoor hands/on work as well as demonstrations of how to conduct an ATBI at your school. Please join us for this informative teacher workshop. Call the Nature Center at 828-298-5600, ext. 320, to register for this course.

For more information, please contact Todd Witcher, Director, Discover Life in America, at [email protected] or 865-430-4757.

To view WNC Nature Center’s web page on Zoo and Aquarium Visitor, go to: www.zandavisitor.com

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