Summer Field Ecology is an intensive, weeklong field camp for high school students interested in natural resource and biology. The goals of the program are to expose students to field practices and techniques, to connect students to researchers from graduate students to professors, and to actively contribute to real-world scientific research at Mount St. Helens.
Every day of camp, students joined professional researchers on various projects. This involved hiking several miles in rugged terrain through the blast zone created by the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. Teams of students accompanied different research teams to assist with data collection.
Watching students chat with each other while wading in streams and share questions and observations from the day during our evening discussions, I realized that our week at Mount St. Helens was not just about learning science but about becoming friends, observers and story-tellers.
Throughout camp, students wrote reflections and took detailed notes from each of their experiences in the field. We asked them to compile their field notes into material that could teach a broader audience about the importance of scientific research at Mount St. Helens.
Here are their stories.
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