GrasslandsLIVE aired to an international audience May 17 from Pawnee National Grassland in Colorado. An estimated 52,420 people watched the broadcast live while social media about the program reached 167,580 people worldwide.
The broadcast aired in English and Spanish, and more than 500 questions were submitted to scientists. This tool allowed educators, students and the public to explore the benefits and challenges to grasslands through a virtual field trip.
The program highlighted the connection between grasslands in the United States and northern Mexico. The recorded program is now available on grasslandslive.org along with video clips about various grassland topics and downloadable lesson plans applicable to kindergarten through 12th grade.
Partners included Prince William Network, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Pawnee Buttes Seed Company, Whiting Petroleum, Dos Rio Elementary School and CBS-4 Denver. The program will air on select PBS stations in the fall.
GrasslandsLIVE is the 10th in a series of FSNatureLIVE programs, which bring nature learning to students across the United States and internationally through webcasts, webinars and online education resources.