Grades 6-8

Tardigrades as Environmental Bio-Indicators

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Tardigrades as Environmental Bio-Indicators

Six years ago, the bear-like appearance of these microscopic organisms hooked this 12th-grader from Iowa. Learn how her interest then took her to Greenland with a team of prestigious scientists.

Tide Pools and the Life Within Them

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Tide Pools and the Life Within Them

Wade through the tide pools of Doheny State Beach with this seventh-grader from California, and discover the many animals that thrive in this ever-changing world of sand and surf.

Ozone Pollution and White Pines: Phase II

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Ozone Pollution and White Pines: Phase II

After witnessing the damage air pollutants had caused to the trees along her route to school, this young naturalist set out to learn more about how ozone pollution is affecting our environment. 

Tillandsia usneoides: An Indicator to Air Pollution

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Tillandsia usneoides: An Indicator to Air Pollution

The observation that Spanish moss, an important part of the Southern United States’ ecosystem, is declining set this young naturalist on a path to find out why — and if that decline is related to air pollution.

Toxic Algae: A Threat to Florida Waters?

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Toxic Algae: A Threat to Florida Waters?

The headline in a local newspaper — "Health Menace Lurks in Lakes" — spurred this young naturalist to find out if the lake she lives on had "killer algae."

Waterworks: A Purification Process

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Waterworks: A Purification Process

Would it be possible to make contaminated water safe to drink using something as universal and inexpensive as the sun's ultraviolet rays and simple plastic bottles? Find out what this young naturalist discovered when she set out to answer that question. 

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