Olympic program allows teens to do field research this summer

Staff reportJune 9, 2013 

Olympic program allows teens to do field research this summer Teenagers searching for openings with the NatureBridge summer field research course at the Olympic National Park should know many are still available. The two-week backcountry expedition will give high school students the opportunity to conduct field science investigations in one of the most ecologically diverse national parks in the country.

Modeled on the successful program at NatureBridge’s Yosemite campus, the course offers an intensive summer science adventure. High school students will work with National Park Service scientists, using technology to produce their own ecological research project. The research includes a backpacking trip across the Olympic Mountains and ends at the Elwha River, where the largest dam removal in U.S. history is underway.

The course will take place July 14-26. Students interested in the program are encouraged to contact NatureBridge at 206-382-6212, Ext. 13 or olympicfieldresearch@naturebridge.org or register online at naturebridge.org/discoversummer.

RECRUITING FOR MEADOWATCH

Love hiking and viewing Washington’s alpine wildflowers? Interested in gaining an understanding of how scientists study the potential impacts of climate change on native plants? If so, volunteer for MeadoWatch.

MeadoWatch, a program developed by the University of Washington biology department, is looking for volunteer help this summer. Wildflower surveys will take place between late June and late September, depending on the snow season. They will start and end at Reflection Lakes. Volunteers will collect information on plants, and in return, will get free entrance to Mount Rainier National Park, and the option of camping one or two nights without charge at the volunteer campground at Longmire during the survey.

For more information, visit the MeadoWatch website at https:// sites.google.com/a/uw.edu/meadowatch or contact Anna Wilson, MeadoWatch coordinator, at mwatch@uw.edu.

MRNPA TRAIL PROJECT

The Mount Rainier National Park Associates volunteer trail work project Saturday will be working on the Mine Trail at Carbon River, continuing the work done on May 18. Volunteers will meet at the Carbon River entrance at 8:30 a.m. and be ready to leave at 9 a.m. Volunteers should park inside the gate in order to leave parking spaces available to the public.

If you prefer, you can hike the 11/4 miles to the work site. Otherwise, the group will use a few vehicles to shuttle people up the road.

If you are interested in participating, contact John Titland at volunteer@mrnpa.org and let him know how many people will be in your group.

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