Field Trips

Ecology field trips are the cIMG_0555ornerstone through which SEEDS will serve freshman and sophomore students who are new to ecology and keen on understanding more. Students spend four to seven days at an ecologically significant site, such as a field station, research laboratory, or national park, learning about the science of ecology, exploring career options, and seeing the practical applications of ecology. Students have the opportunity to find out more about what ecologists do through hands-on experiences with professionals, to receive training in specific areas, and to build networks with students and professionals.




Central Arizona-Phoenix Long Term Ecological Research (CAP-LTER), November 6-9, 2014


Check out the fantastic digital journal of this cool trip:

SEEDS chapter students from Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico attended a field trip to the beautiful and sunny Central Arizona-Phoenix Long Term Ecological Research (CAP-LTER) program.  The CAP-LTER is run by Arizona State University and the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.

The CAP LTER program advances research and education on urban ecology and urban socio ecological systems. It is one of two LTER sites funded by the National Science Foundation that specifically studies urban ecology. The field trip focused on water usage (the site averages seven inches of rainfall a year!) and sustainability practices.

This trip is possible thanks to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. 



Trout Lake, WI. National Field Trip – May 2014

Highlighting the Trout Lake Station 
The 2014 SEEDS trout lakeNational Field Trip was held May 8-11 at the Trout Lake Station managed by the Center for Limnology of the University of Wisconsin in Boulder Junction, WI. With over 2,500 lakes surrounding the station, it is the perfect location to study fresh water ecosystems and the interesting interactions between them. 19 students from all across the United States and Puerto Rico joined Fred Abbott, ESA Diversity Programs Coordinator and Jorge Ramos, SEEDS alum, for the four day adventure. Students were able to experience the thawing of Trout Lake after the long winter and see the start of the new season. They toured a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Hatchery, visited the Lac du Flambeau Museum and Cultural Center and even had the opportunity to see how the WDNR conducts its yearly fish surveys. With the help of Dr. Tim Kratz, Director of Trout Lake Station, and Dr. Noah Lotting, Research Scientist, students were given a wide range of information about all the cool projects that are conducted at the station.


 Mountain Lake, VA. Regional Field Trip – May 2014

Highlighting the Mountain Lake Biological Station
Twelve students – four freshmen, six sMT lake photoophomores and two seniors from three Historically Black institutions – Coppin State University (Baltimore City), Howard University (Washington, DC) and Hampton University (Virginia) as well as the University of  Maryland participated in the SEEDS Regional field trip from May 22-25, 2014 at the  Mountain Lake Biological Station. Faculty advisers from Coppin State – Dr. Mintesinot Jiru and Dr. Tatiana Roth also participated, along with Teresa Mourad, ESA Director of Education and Diversity Programs. Nearly all the students had never visited a field station or done any ecological fieldwork prior to this field trip. Working with researchers and graduate students at MLBS, the students learned about the forked fungus beetle and the black-eyed juncos. In small groups, students developed questions related to the aggression behavior of mated and unmated male juncos and investigated the relationship between beetle size, sex and mite load. Students also learned about their own leadership styles and exchanged ideas on possible chapter activities. We also had a lovely hike up the Cascade Falls. Students demonstrated high interest in the interdisciplinary direction that ecology as a field is moving.

To look at more past trips check out our Past Field Trips page.

We are grateful for the support of the following funders and partners who made SEEDS field trips possible between 2002-2014: