Field Trips

Beginning in 2018, ESA SEEDS is proud to dedicate its national field trips to the memory of Dr. Henry L. Gholz.  


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.




Llano River Field Station In Junction, TX

Texas Tech University Center at Junction is located on 411 acres just outside Junction, Texas. The South Llano River provides a beautiful backdrop to this diverse landscape. The main campus habitat consists of mesquite thickets, pecan bottoms, open grassland, and riparian areas. The Llano River Field Station was established on Texas Tech’s Junction campus in June of 2002 to provide a laboratory and classroom environment for undergraduate and graduate students.  The Llano River Field Station encourages and supports research of local watershed and riparian habitats. Visiting students are encouraged to conduct research projects on campus, with local ranchers, at the Walter Buck Wildlife Management Center and at the nearby South Llano River State Park.

For more information about this trip : The Henry L. Gholz SEEDS National Field Trip Website

Recent Adventures!

SEEDS National Field Trip to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography – San Diego, California  

The SEEDS program hosted the first Henry L. Gholz National Field Trip at the SCripps Institution of Oceanography located in San Diego, CA. From April 26-29, 2018 the SEEDS program hosted 20 students from all over the US to participate in this unique opportunity.  The participants had the experience to learn and explore various fields related to marine biology and oceanography, they got a backstage tour of the Scripps Aquarium, visited the Cabrillo National Monument tide pools and enjoyed a great weekend in the sun!

Student Reactions From Last Year’s Trip

  • “The rawness of the conference about inclusion and the difficulties that come with being a minority were really special to me. To have diverse mentors and leaders was probably the thing that made this trip so wonderful and rewarding.”
  • “The relationships between the other SEEDS students was absolutely amazing. I feel like I can actually be a part of a scientific community now”
  • “What I loved most about this trip was the diversity of students within the ecology science. How everyone was so different but we connected so fast because we are in love with science and with our backgrounds. It was an enriching experience since I met a lot of new people and made new friends”

To look at more past trips and detailed trip reports, check out our Past Field Trips page.