Field Trips

IMG_4274Ecology field trips are the cornerstone 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.



SEEDS 2016 National Field Trip – Mark Twain National Forest

b9c82f3c-5205-4b75-8897-97939a6720c0Managed 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!


H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest – Blue River, Oregon October 1-4, 2015

We had 16 students from 15 different institutions from all across the US attend the 2015 12074671_1034944196537648_3989937565989770315_nSEEDS National Field Trip! We visited HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in Blue River, OR.  Students had the opportunity to explore old growth forests and learn about their importance, they hiked to the top of Carpenter Mountain (5,500 ft.) and developed 3 small research projects that looked at forest restoration, hydrology and stream ecology!

This  trip is possible thanks to the National Science Foundation.

San Francisco – Bay Area, May 4-8, 2015 

1IMG_3145The SEEDS program hosted its third Regional Field Trip in the hills of Los Altos, CA with 16 students attending from four SEEDS Chapters: Stanford University, San Jose State University, University of California Berkeley, and University of California Davis. With the help of the Stanford SEEDS Chapter, our participants had the opportunity to visit and interact with scientists, educators and graduate students at Hopkins Marine Station, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the California Academy of Sciences, and Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve.

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



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 MexicoSEEDS CAP-LTER 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



To look at more past trips and detailed trip reports, 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: