Haw Creek Elementary - Citizen Science

Trail map for Haw Creek Elementary

Walk the trail and use scientific instruments to gather data about the environment around the school. Explore the science of TREES, WEATHER, SOIL, and BUGS. There are a range of activities for kids from kindergarten to fifth grade. Each topic has activity stations located around the trail. By gathering data at each station, kids will learn about the ecosystem around the school.

Citizen Science is a way for every day people to be a part of the scientific community. By completing citizen science projects, you can help scientists collect tons of data that they could never collect by themselves. Scientists can use your data to make discoveries about the world we live in.

Remember to return all equipment back to the box at each station so that citizen scientists can collect data after you.

 

IMPORTANT! The trail is only open to the public OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL HOURS! The gates may be locked on weekends and holidays but you can park outside the gates and walk in.

Track an adventure here
Collectible Sticker For Haw Creek Elementary

Location Details

Recreational Features: Picnic Tables, Playground
Amenities:
ADA Compliant: No
Seasonality:
Kids read through brochures at the trailhead
Kids digging through leaf litter to find bugs
Overhead shot of kids reading through tool instructions
Kids reading citizen science brochures
Kids putting an insect under a magnifying glass
An equipment box at the insect station

Adventures for Haw Creek Elementary - Citizen Science

1st Grade Haw Creek Soil Brochure Thumbnail
Citizen Science

Haw Creek Soil - 1st Grade

Trail length:
0.50
Let's get our hands dirty! Soil is made up of lots of different materials. Let's dig in and find out what's in the soil around the school!
Haw Creek Soil Brochure Thumbnail
Citizen Science

Haw Creek Soil - 3rd Grade

Trail length:
0.50
There are different types of soil that affect how plants grow. We're going to solve the mud mystery with some fun techniques. Roll up your sleeves and get started!
4th Grade Haw Creek Soil brochure thumbnail
Citizen Science

Haw Creek Soil - 4th Grade

Trail length:
0.50
Some soil factors are hard to interpret with just our senses. Use some soil tools to gather data about the soil around the school. We'll test pH, moisture level, light level, compaction, and soil temperature. Then we'll make some conclusions about how the soil affects the school's ecosystem.
Kindergarten Weather Brochure Thumbnail
Citizen Science

Haw Creek Weather - Kindergarten

Trail length:
0.50
Weather changes from day to day and season to season. Use this brochure to track the changes in the weather at Haw Creek Elementary!
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Citizen Science

Haw Creek Weather - 2nd Grade

Trail length:
0.50
In this brochure you will get to use various tools to record weather data around the school. Find out what parts of weather these tools measure and how they affect the overall weather.
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Citizen Science

Haw Creek Weather - 5th Grade

Trail length:
0.50
Use weather tools to track the weather over a period of time. Use your data to analyze weather patterns and get a snapshot of the climate around the school.
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Citizen Science

Haw Creek Bugs - Kindergarten

Trail length:
0.50
Bugs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Head out on the trail and learn about the world of bugs!
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Citizen Science

Haw Creek Bugs - 2nd Grade

Trail length:
0.50
Just like people, bugs go through life stages. Use this brochure to learn about and observe the change of a caterpillar into a butterfly.
5th Grade Haw Creek Bugs brochure thumbnail
Citizen Science

Haw Creek Bugs - 5th Grade

Trail length:
0.50
Head out on the trail and do the activities at each insect station. You'll collect and observe bugs from different parts of the forest and try to discover which bugs live in different areas.
1st Grade Haw Creek Trees brochure thumbnail
Citizen Science

Haw Creek Trees - 1st Grade

Trail length:
0.50
Meet a tree and discover that trees come in many shapes and sizes. All trees have certain parts that help them make and use food. Use this brochure to discover the amazing world of trees!
3rd Grade Haw Creek Trees brochure thumbnail
Citizen Science

Haw Creek Trees - 3rd Grade

Trail length:
0.50
Head into the woods and a get deep look at the trees around you. Use this brochure to help you discover the many parts and life stages of trees.
4th Grade Haw Creek Trees brochure thumbnail
Citizen Science

Haw Creek Trees - 4th Grade

Trail length:
0.50
Trees go through changes throughout the year. Knowing when trees are going through different changes helps scientists understand the effects of changes in climate. Use this brochure to track the changes of different trees along the trail.

Directions

21 Trinity Chapel Rd
Asheville, NC 28805
Latitude: 35.594724000000
Longitude: -82.505112000000

From 70, turn onto Beverly Road. Turn right onto New Haw Creek Road. Continue 0.5 miles before taking a slight left onto Bethesda Road. The parking lot entrance is immediately on the left. The gates may be locked but feel free to park outside the gate and walk in.

You can also park outside the gate at the bus entrance on Trinity Chapel Rd and walk in.

Partners

The TRACK Trail program is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

This Haw Creek Elementary TRACK Trail was made possible through a partnership formed with Haw Creek Elementary.