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Become a Citizen Scientist!

American Spring LIVE invites you to become a Citizen Scientist!
Learn fun, quick, easy activities for all ages – and share your data with real-life scientists!
All trainings are FREE, open to all ages, and take place at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Dr., Erie, PA.

Weed Warriors Training
Sunday, March 17 from 1-2pm
Advance registration is required
Say no to invasive plants! Learn how to improve native habitats by removing invasive plant species.
Purple Martin Conservation Training
Sunday, March 24 from 1-2pm
Advance registration is required
Learn to be a good steward to feathered friends
Bird Cams Lab & eBird Training
Sunday, March 31 from 1-2pm
Advance registration is required
Use the internet and social media to collect and share important bird-facts
Pollinator Pathways Training
Sunday, April 7 from 1-2pm
Advance registration is required
What's the connection between insects and your next snack? Pollination! Learn to make a welcoming home for pollinators.
Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey (PARS) & FrogLogger Training
Sunday, April 14 from 1-2pm
Advance registration is required
Where are Pennsylvania's frogs, toads, salamanders, snakes and turtles? Let's find out! Plus, learn a cutting-edge technology for identifying frog songs.
Spring into Science at our FREE Family Event!
Saturday, April 27 from 10am-2pm
  • Meet Smokey Bear – and learn why only YOU can prevent wildfires.
  • Free screening of the new Turtle Odyssey movie in the Big Green Screen Theatre
    (show times are 11am & 1pm)
  • Take a guided Presque Isle nature tour on the Bayliner Trolley
  • Meet some resident turtles at the Turtle Talk
  • See a demonstration of the waaay-cool Wave & Sand Erosion Tank
  • Visit the Pollinator Pathway exhibit opening in the second-floor gallery
  • Bird-watch around the globe at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Bird Cams Lab training
  • Learn about mist-netting and banding migratory birds
  • Get hands-on with wetland plants of Presque Isle
  • Family Fishing with S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie
  • Pre-K and elementary school kids, make a fun craft with WQLN!
  • Learn to keep our waterways clean and safe - upon completion, each participating household will receive a Rain Wizard barrel from Good Ideas. Advance registration is required for this Storm Water workshop led by Environment Erie. To register, please go to Environment Erie's Facebook page, or call 814-835-8069.
  • American Spring LIVE giveaways while supplies last

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Tune in to WQLN TV!

Tune in when American Spring LIVE comes to WQLN TV!

Monday, April 29 at 8pm
“Birth and Rebirth”
See how plants and animals have incorporated seasonal changes and survived as a species.

Tuesday, April 30 at 8pm
Witness animal journeys over vast distances, from winter refuges to spring breeding grounds.

Wednesday, May 1 at 8pm
Learn how springtime partnerships have evolved over thousands of years.

Citizen Science projects!

Try out our favorite Citizen Science projects!

The Great Sunflower Project
Celebrate Urban Birds
The Monarch Larva Monitoring Project

Find TONS more Citizen Science opportunities for all ages, interests, and abilities at

Nature is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET and PBS. American Spring LIVE is a production of Berman Productions, Inc. and THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET.

Major support for Nature: American Spring LIVE was provided by the National Science Foundation and Anne Ray Foundation.

Additional financial support was provided by the Arnhold Family in memory of Clarisse Arnhold, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, Kathy Chiao and Ken Hao, the Anderson Family Fund, the Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation, Rosalind P. Walter, the Halmi Family in memory of Robert Halmi, Sr., Sandra Atlas Bass, Doris R. and Robert J. Thomas, Charles Rosenblum, by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and by the nation’s public television stations.