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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

The Mysterious Peregrine Falcon

On a hiking trip, this 12th-grader from New Brunswick spied a peregrine falcon. A second trip brought the discovery of another falcon—a rare breeding pair. But then the mystery began ...

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Life in a Vernal Pool

Come exploring with this 9th-grader from Texas as she watches a thriving vernal pool habitat rise up from an area of dried-up muddy earth—and then disappear once again.

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Activity

Exploring Density

Why do some materials sink to the core of a planet while others float to the crust? This experiment uses marshmallow fluff and molasses to illustrate the concept of planet differentiation.

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Classroom Activity

Make Your Own Sifting Screen

Archaeologists can’t just dig into a site like it’s a sandbox—they’d scramble the evidence and more than likely destroy precious artifacts. Try your hand at the careful sifting they employ.

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