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Get Out There

Our scientists need your help if we are to clean up our environment. You can affect change in your own backyard or community by following a few simple ideas in your everyday life.

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IDEA 1

Use fewer chemical-based cleaners.
Find non-toxic alternatives to household chemicals.

For more information, visit Care2 Healthy Living. Off-site Link

 
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IDEA 2

Check your water.
Find out everything you can about the quality of the water coming out of your faucets.

For more information on checking your water, visit Scorecard. Off-site Link

 
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IDEA 3

Don't dump pollutants in your sewers or drains.
Keep toxic motor oil and other pollutants out of your water. Organize your school, scout troop or Boys & Girls Club to stencil "flows to bay" or "flow to the river" on all of the storm sewers in your town.

For additional information and a starter kit, visit The Clean Water Campaign. Off-site Link

 
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Monitor your water quality.
Serve as an early warning system for water pollution in your community. Join a team of citizen scientists to help monitor the quality of the water or the health of the critters that live there. Learn where to report problems.

For more information, visit Frog Watch. Off-site Link

 
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IDEA 5

Locate programs in your neck of the woods.
People all over the country are coming together and sharing ideas and solutions for this problem. Use the map below to locate groups and organizations in your area!

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Arizona
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Tucson, AZ

California
Aquarium of the Pacific
Long Beach, CA

Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Los Angeles, CA

California Science Center
Los Angeles, CA

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey, CA

Florida
The Florida Aquarium
Tampa, FL

Illinois
Shedd Aquarium
Chicago, IL

Louisiana
Audubon Institute / Aquarium of the Americas
New Orleans, LA

Maryland
Maryland Science Center
Baltimore, MD

Massachussetts
New England Aquarium
Boston, MA

Missouri
Missouri Botanical Garden
St. Louis, MO

New York
New York Aquarium
New York, NY

North Carolina
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Raleigh, NC

Ohio
Columbus Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Columbus, OH

Texas
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Austin, TX

Fort Worth Zoo
Fort Worth, TX

Washington
Woodland Park Zoo
Seattle, WA




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