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Here is a story about Flat Stanley's Visit to the Morton Arboretum.

A few years ago, my grandson, Michael, asked me if I knew any friends that would like to have a visit from Flat Stanley.  I sent out an e-mail to several of my teacher friends and I got a reply in less than 10 minutes from Debbie Bennett in Fairbanks Alaska.  She told me to send him on the next plane, so Michael packed him up and sent him off to Fairbanks, Alaska.  When Flat Stanley came back to Bolingbrook, Illinois, my grandson called me and told me that he wants to go to Alaska.  When I saw what a wonderful job that Debbie did with Stanley, I knew why Michael wanted to go to Alaska.  I posted pictures of his visit to Alaska on my web page

That was in 2007, 5 years later, my friend Jackie told me her grandson Owen who lives in Colorado had sent her a Flat Stanley. I volunteered to take Flat Stanley to the Morton Arboretum so that he could do some science for the GLOBE program.

Flat Stanley

Jeff Brown wrote a book called Flat Stanley in 1964, and since that time, the little guy has visited many countries.  He went to the Academy Awards when Clint Eastwood took his daughter's Flat Stanley to the Academy Awards. This resulted in articles in People magazine and CNN.com. Several Flat Stanleys were hosted by Olympic athletes in Torino, Italy at the 2006 Olympic Games.  In October 2006, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger showed his son's Flat Stanley to Jay Leno. Schwarzenegger wanted to "pump him up." The Governor had been taking Flat Stanley with him on the campaign trail.

Flat Stanley book cover

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The picture above was taken on March 25, 2012 when I took Flat Stanley for his visit.  The picture on the right was taken on April 28, 2006.  You can see the trees are blooming more than a month early.

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We checked the rain in the rain gage. 

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We found 11.8 millimeters of rain had fallen in the last 7 days.

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We observed that the cloud cover was scattered and the cloud type was cumulus.  There were no contrails visible.  We used a GLOBE cloud chart to help us record the correct data.

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Mr. Lopatka gave me a data sheet so that we could record our data.

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The current temperature was 22.7 Celsius.  

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After taking a last look around at all of the beauty, we went to McDonalds.  The data below was entered into the GLOBE data base by Mr. Lopatka's students.
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Information about the GLOBE program

GLOBE is and acronym for Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment.

GLOBE is a global environmental program that uses the internet to share studentís observations and measurements with GLOBE scientist and students.  My Randolph School  students recorded over 8000 environmental measurements during my 6 years in the program.

I was trained for GLOBE at University of Illinois Urbana     March 1995  

I served as a GLOBE Teacher Trainer at the following places:

University of Illinois Urbana     August 1995

Drexel University in Philadelphia  August, 1996  

New York University October 1996

 Ohio Aerospace Institute November, 1996

University of Illinois Urbana March, 1997

New Hampshire  April, 1997  

University of Iowa  October, 1997

University of Colorado  January, 1998

 Ohio Aerospace Institute November, 1998

GLOBE New Mexico Workshop May, 1999

Charleston GLOBE South Carolina Workshop October, 1999

West Chester PA  October, 2000

In September of 2003, the Naperville School District 203 formed a partnership with the GLOBE Program.  We have performed Teacher workshops in the following places:

Naperville IL  September, 2003

Highland Park, Illinois July, 2005 Workshop

Park Ridge, Illinois September, 2005

Morton Arboretum, Lisle Illinois February 2010


GLOBE Freeze Up Data at the DuPage River

GLOBE Surface Temperature at the Arboretum

GLOBE Surface Temperature at Highlands School

GLOBE Hydrology Study websites:

Bass release November 4, 2006

Bass Release November 3, 2007

Bass Release November 1, 2008

Bass Release November 7, 2009

Steeple Run Fall 2008 Hydrology at Rotts Creek

Steeple Run Fall 2009 Hydrology at Rotts Creek

Steeple Run Fall 2010 Hydrology at Rotts Creek

Steeple Run Fall 2011 Hydrology at Rotts Creek

May 12, 2008 Steeple Run Rocket Launch 

Steeple Run students at the Morton Arboretum 2005

Steeple Run Transit of Mercury 11/08/06

Steeple Run and Highlands Bass release 11/4/06

Steeple Run and Highlands 5/6/08 Field Trip to the Adler Planetarium

Highlands School 10/14/05 Hydrology at Highlands School

Highlands School 10/11/07 Hydrology at Highlands School

Highlands School macro invertebrates study.

Highlands School Bass Release May 18, 2006

Highlands School Site Definition

Highlands School Phenology 2008

Randolph School Hydrology at Marquette Park

Phenology at the Arboretum Spring

Fall Phenology 2007

Fall Phenology 2008

Highlands School Frost Tube

Steeple Run School Frost Tube

Lake Marmo Freeze up 2007-2008 

Lake Marmo Freeze up 2008-2009

Lake Marmo Freeze up 2009-2010

Lake Marmo Freeze up 2011-2012

Rocket Day at Steeple Run School

Rocket Launch at Highlands School

Rocket launch at Irene King School

Make a 2 liter bottle rocket 

Solar Noon Shadow Measurements

3 Arboretum Trees

GLOBE Program: http://www.globe.gov

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