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Be Outside! Glossary

A

astronomy
the study of planets, stars and other celestial bodies

B

biologist
one who studies the science of living organisms

C

career
a lifelong job
chemical
the materials used in chemistry
concentrate
to focus one’s attention

D

diabetes
a disease that causes the body to be unable to process sugars

F

fertilizer
materials or chemicals that are put in the soil to increase plant growth
forester
one who manages the growth and care of a forest

G

germ
a microscopic organism that often causes disease

J

journal
a diary or other record keeping book

L

Leonid Meteor Shower
a meteor shower visible every year around November 17th
Lewis and Clark
two men who explored the northwest portion of the United States in the early 1800’s for President Jefferson
lunar eclipses
when the shadow of the earth partially or fully darkens the moon

M

microhike
a miniature version of a hike using a magnifying glass

N

Nature Deficit Disorder
that condition which occurs when children do not spend enough time outdoors
Nyger thistle
a tiny thistle seed that needs a special bird feeder to dispense

O

observation
seeing details of things or events
ornithology
the study of birds
overweight
having more weight than is considered healthy

P

Perseid Meteor Shower
a meteor shower visible every August
pesticide
a chemical mixture for destroying plant, fungal, or animal pests
professional
someone who is an expert in a job or skill

S

Scout
a member of the Boy Scouts of America

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