App connects kids to the outdoors

SEFS Professor Josh Lawler

Technology is a big part of our lives today, but that means kids spend less time outside. But what if we combine the two?

That’s the aim of an app developed by School of Environmental and Forest Sciences professor Josh Lawler and the University of Washington Information School.

Nature Collections provides a platform for children to build photo collections from what they see and encounter outdoors. Similar to popular apps like Pokemon Go and other games, it allows them to collect items and compete in scavenger hunts.

Lawler and iSchool professor Katie Davis first introduced their idea in 2016, when they won $400,000 in funding for the app from the UW Innovation Awards. After developing the app, testing with kids began, and the early results are promising.

Read the full story of the app and its reception published in Washington Trails magazine and posted on the iSchool’s website.

Winter 2019 SEFS Seminar Schedule

The new year is here, and along with it comes the 2019 winter quarter SEFS Seminar schedule. Each seminar is held at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Forest Club Room of Anderson Hall. After each presentation, a reception and discussion time is held in the room. Please note some of the titles are pending and will be added at a later date.

Jan. 9Prospects for biodiversity and ecosystem services in coffee agroecosystems facing socio-ecological changes in southwest Ethiopia
Getachew Eshete, associate professor at Cascadia College

Jan. 16 Mid-rotation forest carbon credits: The low cost of emissions reduction plan that works immediately
Mike Warjone, vice president of operations, Port Blakely

Jan. 23 – How cold is it in the mountains? Temperatures, lapse rates 
and inversions from models, weather stations, sensors in trees and remote sensing
Jessica Lundquist, associate professor, civil and environmental engineering, UW

Jan. 30The role of people and climate in shaping vegetation and fire history
Cathy Whitlock, professor, Montana State University

Feb. 6Evaluating climate change & demographics dynamics: An analysis of natural disasters and population change
Sara Curran, professor, UW Sociology; Director, CSDE

Feb. 13Forest conservation and restoration in the Pacific Northwest
Ryan Haugo, The Nature Conservancy

Feb. 20The role of fire in Yosemite’s ecosystems
Jan van Wagtendonk, research scientist emeritus, Yosemite National Park

Feb. 27 – Socio-spatial approaches to understanding public use patterns in national forests and monuments
Lee Cerveny, research social scientist

March 6Quantifying the role that terrestrial ecosystems play in Earth’s climate
Abby Swann, associate professor, atmospheric sciences and biology, UW

March 13Wildlife conservation in a brighter and louder world
Neil Carter, assistant professor, Boise State University