I am working with a group of educators to develop place-based, standards aligned environmental curriculum for several small, rural school districts in California that are connected by a long distance hiking trail.
I have an idea is to develop a program where all the school districts would share access to one project on iNaturalist. Students would collect observations on their own school grounds, but be able to see observations made by students from nearby districts. Beyond some cool projects a classroom can do on their own with the data, I’d love this to turn into some sort of pen pal project where students pair up with one another over the platform to read each others entries, and write to one another about what they are observing.
Has anyone used iNaturalist in this way? Maybe this isn’t an appropriate use of iNaturalist? Any advice, precautions, ideas, would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!