Microplastic Pollution Citizen Science Experiment

Thursday, Aug 12, 2021 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm


Join us this summer for a citizen science experiment to learn about the effects of plastic pollution on plants and animals! 

Attend an orientation session on June 24th, July 1st, or July 8th to learn about erosion, pollution in our waterways, and the effects of microplastics on plants and animals. Participants will also learn how to collect their own samples from the Saco River for analysis. Sample collection kits will be available throughout the summer for check-out.

Join us again on July 22nd, August 5th, or August 26th to analyse the samples you’ve collected during the summer and create a community snapshot of plastic pollution in Conway. Participants will learn how to filter microscopic plastic particles out of the water samples they collected before examining them under a microscope. The results from this summer-long experiment will be used to hypothesize answers to two National Geographic geo-inquiry questions:

- What kind and quantity of plastic waste is present in our community?

- Where is plastic pollution coming from in our community and why?

Registration is required. Please e-mail jbeavers@conwaypubliclibrary.org or call (603)447-5552 to register.

Limit of 12 participants per session. While we believe this is a great activity for library patrons of all ages, priority will be given to kids and teens when accepting registrations. If you have a large family or group interested in participating in this experiment together, additional sessions can be scheduled.

Event Location: Ham Community Room
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