AP Biology Forest Ecology Trip to Lacawac Sanctuary

 

On October 16, 2017 the Western Wayne High School AP Biology students visited Lacawac Sanctuary and Biological Field Station.  Students had the opportunity to engage in field research in the area of Forest Ecology and Population Studies.  During the course of the visit students collected and analyzed data from the Lacawac Forest including a comparison of biodiversity inside of Deer Exclosures as compared to the rest of the forest, population studies of earthworms and salamanders, tree identification, invasive species discussions and predatory/prey relationships.  These rich field experiences allowed students to really understand the characteristics of a stable forest ecosystem.  Students learned about research that is happening at the collegiate level at Lacawac Field Station and about partnerships between Lacawac and various Universities.  Following our visit students were able to collect data from a wooded area on our WW campus and plan to relate this data to their research data fromm Lacawac.

 

Please take a minute to view the attached PDF file with pictures and descriptions from our trip.  We would like to thank Mrs. Jamie Reeger and Mrs. Sarah Corcoran for organizing, coordinating and creating such rich learning opportunities at Lacawac for our students and the Western Wayne Education Foundation for their generous grant that funded our experiences.   We would also like to thank our administration for their support of this trip.  We look forward to working with Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station in the future as we continue to promote scientific research and career pathways in our community.

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