Welcome to ALNC’s Digital Docent: Climate Change Impacts! If you can read this, you’re almost ready to explore the trails behind the Aldo Leopold Nature Center and learn more about the plants and animals around you. Let us know what you think!
As you begin the self-guided tour, keep these few tips in mind:
- Walk the trails of the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, keeping your eyes out for QR code squares strategically posted around the grounds (see map below for locations).
- When you spot one, scan the barcode with your mobile device to learn about a plant or animal you might be able to spot from where you stand. Learn fun facts, identification information, and how these local species are being impacted by changes in climate.
- If the QR code doesn’t scan, try, try again.
- Sometimes the glare from the sun, a layer of moisture, the angle of your phone, or even a tiny critter hanging out on the QR code might be enough to make it unable to scan — but don’t give up!
- Make sure you’re connected to the internet.
- Chances are if you’re reading this, then you’ll be good to go! Some devices, however, have data plans that won’t allow internet access in the field. If that’s the case for you, check in with our staff for a paper copy of the QR code information.
- Each QR code scanner is different.
- While most are easy to use, some require a few extra buttons which can get confusing. We encourage you to explore different scanners and find one you like! If you need any suggestions or technology tips, our staff is here to help!
- Please stay on the trails!
- While it might be fun to bushwhack and explore the untamed wilderness, we haven’t put any QR codes off the beaten path. If there is a QR code you can’t locate, feel free to ask our staff for a map or to point you in the right direction!
- When you’re done, head inside to visit the Climate Education Center to learn more about phenology, Earth’s climate, how and why it’s changing, and what we can do about it!
We’d love to hear what you think about this new offering. Please let us know how your experience with this digital walking tour was — or if you feel there’s a species or new topic we should feature. Take our brief survey here!