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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Dance of the Moons

Find out how this 10th-grader from Oregon was able to take the back-and-forth motion he observed in Jupiter's moons and use it to figure out their circular motions.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Got Cats? Get Worms!

Meet a 12th-grader from Louisiana who's seeking an environmentally friendly solution to animal waste. His motivation? Ten family cats and the four smelly litter pans he's charged with cleaning!

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

The Pantano Wash: Investigating an Ecosystem

How do the many trees and shrubs that live at the bottom of dry riverbeds survive flash floods? Investigate the answer with this 7th-grader from Arizona as he monitors a neighborhood wash.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

The World Through a Bat's Ears

This 10th-grader from New York first became fascinated with bats when she observed their "magical movements" in Israel's Negev Desert as a young child. Trek with her to Ontario to study their behavioral ecology.

Curriculum Materials

Lizards & Snakes Online Resources

Search a database with more than 8,300 reptile species. Learn about amphibian biology and conservation. Review the evolutionary history of squamates. And find hands-on science activities.

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Curriculum Materials

GOLD Online Resources

Explore the McLaughlin gold mine in Northern California. See the first metal coins, which were created in the Middle East around 600 BC. And investigate the properties of gold.

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What's This?

Put your viewing skills to the test—and explore the Museum's Frozen Tissue Collection—with this mystery photo challenge.

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