Welcome to A Walk on the Wild Side,

This is a collaborative project for biology, ecology, geology and environmental science teachers and their students. Our goal is to create a collaborative layer in Google Earth of walks that showcase various ecosystems around the globe . The project asks teachers and students to get out into the woods (or another ecosystem) and take a leisurely walk. While on this adventure, we encourage students to note the species they see and what they are doing...this includes people. Students are encouraged to take pictures, video and even audio recordings which could be uploaded into a layer in Google Earth. Each school's nature walk will be combined into a composite educational layer that our students can explore to gain a broader understanding of the ecosystems around the world and the effects of eco-tourism on them.
Participating schools can apply to receive licensed copies of Google Earth Pro in order to participate. If you are interested in helping us collect data for this project, or have a great idea on how to improve it, please contact the project coordinator, Mr. Thomas Cooper at thomas.cooper@thewalkerschool.org. We would also encourage you to join our community and participate in our discussions on Ning(http://goapes.ning.com).
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Project Goals
  • Basic techniques of environmental data collection on local ecosystems
  • Use of GPS technology to record geographical data points
  • Use of online GIS database technology and wikis to share information between researchers
  • Global awareness on the effects of eco-toursim on the world's ecosystems.
  • Promotes social networking between biology,ecology, geology and environmental science teachers, students, and subject experts

Suggested Walks
  • Walk in the woods
  • Walk on the beach
  • Walk on a boardwalk through a wetland
  • City walk to identify urban landscapes
  • Walk in a park
  • Paddle trip down a river
  • next walk

Calendar of Events
We have created a calendar of events to help you plan to complete this project. On the calendar we have also scheduled online conservations using Elluminate for teachers to get together, talk about the project, voice any questions and concerns, and to help build our community. We will also be offering monthly tutorials on how to use Google Earth. These sessions will be the last Monday of each month at 8 pm EST, excluding holidays. Completion dates provided on the calendar are only suggestions. Schools may enter the project at any time during the year and data may be posted at any time up until May 30th when the project closes for the year.

* Previous project sessions are stored on the "Archives " page of The Networked Learner wiki.

Walk on the Wild Side Composite Layer
Under Construction (1 layer posted to date)

Participating Schools
Click on participating schools to find out who is participating in your area, or to update your school's information.

Suggested Equipment
  • High Speed Internet Connection
  • Desktop running Windows XP or Mac OS X
  • Google Earth Pro
  • GPS Unit (Garmin eTrexVista)
  • Digital Camera or Video Camera