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Cedar Creek hosts Eco-Extravaganza

Local middle school students spend two days at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve learning about ecology through field research.

Students presenting at eco-extravaganza

For the second year, students from a local middle school spent time cataloging the biodiversity at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. A group of nearly 100 eighth graders, and 15 CBS and CFANS graduate students converged on Cedar Creek in late May for the two-day immersion in ecology dubbed Eco-Extravaganza.

Students worked in small groups with a graduate student mentor to collect and analyze data collection, and featured a student-led symposium highlighting the topics covered over the two-day event.

"Due to the expertise of the grad student mentors, students moved beyond the bar and pie graph to really think about the data and ask questions leading to scatter plot, stacked bar, and other higher level forms of analysis," said Mary Spivey, education and outreach coordinator for Cedar Creek.

The brainchild of CBS graduate student Mike Wells, graduate students Josie Griffin, Sarah Jaumann and Megan Kobiela organized the event.