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Ozone Garden

Students monitor the effects of ground-level ozone, and assess damage to plants, in this program from the Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont.

Ozone Garden

While ozone in the upper atmosphere (stratosphere) protects life from harmful ultraviolet radiation, ozone in the lower atmosphere (troposphere) is a pollutant that damages plants and human lungs. How is air pollution affecting the plants that live in Walker Valley? Visit our ozone garden to monitor the effects of ground-level ozone on native wildflowers. Students learn how to recognize the symptoms of ground-level ozone and assess the degree of damage to plants.



Topic – ozone, damage, plants, wildflowers, air quality, garden 

Audience - middle school and up  

Location - Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN, USA

Goals - education, bio-monitoring, air quality, ozone, climate change



National Park Service


Parent Project:

Ozone Bio-monitoring



Tiffany Beachy, Citizen Science Coordinator, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont  email Tiffany


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