Can you count all of the trees in your yard? How about all of the flowers? All of the blades of grass? It would take a really long time to count each individual plant. Instead, scientists take samples of a small area in order to estimate the distributio(n of a species over a large area. One device that scientists use to analyze the number of organisms found in an environment is called a quadrat. Ecologists use a quadrat, traditionally a square shape, to count the number of plant and animal species in a particular area. For example, rather than counting all of the crabs on the rocky coast, just a few samples taken with a quadrat can help scientists estimate the number of crabs on a particular beach. By comparing multiple samples, scientists can track how species populations change over time. Quadrats are also a good tool to use in order to zoom in on a particular area in order to observe nature, and make comparisons between different locations. Learn more about how to use a quadrat, and how to create your own, with Program Coordinator, Emma:

Now, create your own science experiment! Use your new quadrat to collect data and answer a question about your environment using the Backyard Scientist: Quadrat guide. Share a picture of your quadrat, or any exciting plant or animal species you find in your explorations to e.carey@sscnh.org to be posted on our social media. Learn more about how marine biologists use quadrats and transect lines to count species in the tide pools using LiMPETS’s Field Sampling Techniques: Fact Sheet. Looking to become a citizen scientist yourself? Take a look at LiMPETS’s Home Page


Delayed opening today.

Seacoast Science Center will open at 11am today due to inclement weather.