A Purdue University faculty member has prepared Indiana 4-H's first online curricula - and on the environmentally important sciences of weather, climate, soil and water. The curricula - Soil and Water Science and Weather and Climate Science - will help students in grades 3-12 nationwide learn about the topics that are increasing in interest among the public, said Natalie Carroll, a Purdue Extension specialist and youth development and agricultural education professor who developed the programs.
The American chestnut was once one of the most common tree species in eastern U.S. forests. Since the introduction of chestnut blight in the early 20th century, it has been reduced to a small number of scattered, yet diseased survivors.
Are you an Indiana classroom teacher interested in learning more about Indiana's forest resources and how to integrate them into your classroom? The Indiana Division of Forestry, along with Purdue University Forestry and Natural Resources, will conduct the Indiana Natural Resources Teacher Institute the week of June 22-26 at the Forestry Training Center at Morgan-Monroe State Forest.
Extension horse specialists from Purdue University and the University of Nebraska have developed an app that enables smartphone users to calculate a horse's body condition score and record the score with a photo of the horse. The HorseBCS app will be helpful for any horse owner or other trained equine professional. Law enforcement personnel also will benefit from the app, along with 4-H'ers and their leaders, as they learn the proper technique of caring for a horse.