Thu Oct 1st, 2015
As part of its recent social science studies related to the public's use of National Weather Service flood forecast products, Nurture Nature Center has produced a series of new outreach and educational materials. These flyers, cards and table-top banners, which will be used by NWS offices and NNC for outreach, provide ways for people to "Be Weather Alert" and to "Be Smart When It Storms." The materials describe the sorts of impacts people can expect from severe storms and flooding, and also provide instruction on using flood forecasts and warnings to keep households safe. The materials are available at NNC's social science research website, socialscience.focusonfloods.org.
Tue Aug 18th, 2015
On Wednesday, August 19, at 7 p.m., Bucks County author Mary Shafer will release the 60th anniversary edition of her book, Devastation on the Delaware: Stories and Images of the Deadly Flood of 1955 at Nurture Nature Center. Hear a presentation about the flood and her book, followed by a short Science on a Sphere show about hurricanes. Mary will be signing and selling books. Bring and share your flood stories with neighbors and enjoy conversation over light snacks.
Wed May 20th, 2015
With support from two different grants from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Nurture Nature Center has released two studies detailing how public audiences use National Weather Service flood forecast and warning tools. The first study looked at how New Jersey and Pennsylvania audiences in the Delaware River Basin use the suite of riverine flood forecast products issued by NWS. The second studied how coastal New Jersey residents use NWS products, including particularly, emergency briefings. Findings include recommendations for improvements to design and timing of products, and insights for how products can be better used to motivate appropriate public action. The studies are available at socialscience.focusonfloods.org.
Thu Sep 18th, 2014
As part of its ongoing social science study, "They Had the Facts, Why Didn't They Act?: Understanding and Improving Public Response to NWS Coastal Flooding Forecasts," NNC is seeking residents 18 years and older who live in Monmouth or Ocean Counties in New Jersey to participate in one of two focus groups at the Brick Township Library at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday, November 3. Participants will give feedback read more
Sat Jan 4th, 2014
In January 2014, NOAA Sea Grant, through its Coastal Storm Awareness Program, awarded a 16-month grant project to NNC to study the public's use of National Weather Service's flood forecast and warning tools. The social science research study entitled, "They Had the Facts, Why Didn't They Act?: Understanding and Improving Public Response to NWS Coastal Flooding Forecasts," will look specifically at the role of emergency briefings as an emerging tool for communicating read more
Tue Sep 3rd, 2013
Gary Szatkowski, Chief Meteorologist for the National Weather Service Office at Mount Holly, NJ/Philadelphia, comments on how models still predict a more active hurricane season. Click here to see his interview.
Thu Jul 18th, 2013
In June 2013, Nurture Nature Center won a national media/outreach award from the National Association of Floodplain Managers for its "Rising Waters" Program for the Science on a Sphere exhibit, which provides a compelling new way for public audiences across the country to learn about the impact of a changing climate on flooding around the world. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) designed the SOS exhibit and has installed it in approximately 100 museums and institutions around the world. In 2012, NNC developed a feature-length SOS program called "Rising Waters," read more
Fri Mar 15th, 2013
Join us on Thursday, March 21st from 6:00pm-9:00pm for a film screening of "Trouble the Water" - a film about Hurricane Katrina. The screening will be followed by a reception catered by Café Santosha of Trexlertown, PA that incorporates local ingredients. Doors open at 6:00pm and film starts at 6:30pm. Suggested donation of $10.00. Registration is required: 610-253-4432 or email@example.com.
Tue Mar 12th, 2013
Now you can watch our "Rising Waters" Science on a Sphere program on YouTube! This program covers the conditions for precipitation, current and future precipitation trends, and the impact of flooding on people. Nurture Nature Center created "Rising Waters" through an Environmental Literacy Grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Visit our center at 518 Northampton Street in Easton, Pennsylvania to watch the full program on our giant animated globe.
Thu Feb 14th, 2013
At the request of the Schuylkill County Emergency Management Agency, the Focus on Floods team has developed a new booklet format for the downloadable .pdf flood coloring and activity sheets. These booklets can be customized with your organization’s logo and message on the front and back cover, and are perfect for distributing to classrooms and schools or other large groups. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for printing information and more details.