National Field Trips

Trout Lake Station, Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin 

The SEEDS program is proud to announce its next field trip experience for undergraduates – we will soon be opening applications to visit the Trout Lake Station managed by the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin! The station is located in the Northern Highlands Lake District in northern Wisconsin , home to over 2500 lakes within 50km of the station, Trout Lake has a long history of aquatic ecosystems research and their surrounding landscapes. The trip is scheduled for May 8-11, 2014.

To be eligible, students must enrolled in an institution within the United States. Preference will be given to Freshmen, Sophomores and other students that have not had prior opportunity to engage in ecology research or field experience. Students from underrepresented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Each year, SEEDS invites students nationally to participate in a four to seven day field trip (travel included) to an ecologically significant site. These sites may include:

  • Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites
  • Federal or State research sites
  • University or other research stations (outside of the home institution). Here is an example.

Field Trip Agenda
National field trips include:

  • Ecology talks
  • Hands-on field experience – data collecting
  • Career panel discussion with professionals and graduate students
  • Graduate student presentations
  • Reflections on motivations and challenges students face in science
  • Time for group daily journal entries which are then compiled into a single report

Selection Criteria
Preference is given to applicants who demonstrate:

  • Academic promise based on GPA
  • A sincere interest in exploring a career in ecology but have not had prior opportunity to engage in ecology research
  • The potential to contribute to the ecology program at their home institution or in their community and
  • The capacity to support the mission of SEEDS.

The SEEDS Program is responsible for field trip expenses including travel, lodging, and meals for selected students. Students who are chosen to participate will work with SEEDS staff to arrange their travel itineraries and dietary needs.


The application process has closed for this Field Trip.

SEEDS also offers a Regional Field Trip Program.