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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Arsenic and Zinc Distributions in Streams Near Park City, Utah

How safe is the drinking water in your town? This 10th-grader from Utah decided to test water samples to find out the answer for himself. Then, he devised a creative way to improve surface water. A 2003 Young Naturalist Award-winning essay.

elspeth8

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Aspen Island

2003 Young Naturalist Award-winning essay - "Some plants don't seem to notice the change in weather, but others, like the aspen, have a new outfit for each season," writes this 10th-grader from New Mexico in her winning Young Naturalist essay.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Worms in Prospect Park, Brooklyn

2003 Young Naturalist Award-winning essay - Did you know that earthworms migrate during the winter? Find out where they go—and other fascinating details—as this eighth-grader from New York examines their underground world.

sarah8

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Oscawana: A Dying Lake?

2003 Young Naturalist Award-winning essay - Oscawana has all the symptoms of a dying lake. Join this seventh-grader from New York as she hunts for the culprits—and examines what can be done to restore the lake.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Exploring the Mystique of the Mushroom

2003 Young Naturalist Award-winning essay - This 12th-grader from Michigan had never seen a single mushroom growing in her yard ... so she was astonished to discover more than 14 different types. Were they new, or had she overlooked them?

What-Do-You-Know-about-Astronomy

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What Do You Know about Astronomy?

How much do you really know about our place in space? Test your astronomy knowledge with this interactive quiz. Don't worry, there's no grading—just a helpful look at the answers when you're done! 

Mint-Your-Own-Coin

Activity

Mint Your Own Coin

That change jangling in your pocket is more than money—it's a record of where and when you live. Find out why coins are valuable clues for archaeologists. Then, design your perfect coin. 

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