Ecology field trips are the cornerstone through which SEEDS introduces diverse students to the range of ecological systems and research in the United States. Students spend three-four 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.
Managed by the USDA Forest Service, Mark Twain National Forest encompasses a large and varied landscape throughout most of the Ozarks of Missouri, and even a small part of the prairie region in the center of the State. Although the Mark Twain National Forest is known for its extensive stands of shortleaf pine, oaks and hickories, this landscape is also home to a wide variety of other ecosystems that host over 650 native wildlife species.
SEEDS Participants will get to go out in the field and explore with our hosts, the USDS Forest Service, the amazing opportunities to study the beauty of the unique environments of the Ozarks. Students will work with restoration projects, herpetology surveys, group research projects and even go on a night hike to Onyx Cave to learn about bats!
May 19-22, 2016 Rolla, Missouri
Reports for this trip coming soon!
To look at more past trips and detailed trip reports, check out our Past Field Trips page.