Outside the lab: NAU field researchers provide school teachers hands-on education. See more NAU education stories here

| April 26, 2017

By Northern Arizona University 

Science in the field can differ drastically from science in the classroom.

Reading about hibernating ground squirrels having the lowest body temperature of any mammal, while interesting, is completely different than witnessing their peripheral tissues dropping below freezing without solidifying or crystalizing—a true phenomenon.

Northern Arizona University field researchers have been studying ground squirrels and the effects of climate change on hibernation since 1993. They are one of two NAU groups who will host K-12 teachers at research sites in the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions of Alaska this summer. The partnership is organized by PolarTREC to invigorate polar science education and understanding by bringing educators and polar researchers together.

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