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Great Smoky Mountains Invites High School Science Volunteers

Join scientists and educators in collecting scientific data during field activities in Great Smoky Mountains
National Park. The Park is offering high school students, recent graduates, and their families a chance to participate in this project. They will spend time in the field with Park Rangers conducting scientific projects such as salamander monitoring, tree identification and mapping, and water quality assessments.

These hands on projects provide participants with a specialized field experience that will help Park researchers perform important studies. This experience also provides young adults an opportunity to get involved with science in their national park while having fun at the same time.

Two separate "High School Volunteer Days" are scheduled for the spring: Saturday, April 16 and Monday, April 25. Both events will take place in the Tennessee portion of the Park but participants will need to call Park Ranger Emily Guss at 865-436-1713 to register to get the specifics.

Activities will be outside the entire time and participants should be prepared to hike by wearing warm layers, long pants, and close-toed shoes. Bring a bag lunch, plenty of water, rain gear, sunscreen, and your camera. Carpooling to site location may be required.

Saturday, April 16th's "High School Volunteer Day" will be part of the Park's National Junior Ranger Day Celebration. While younger children, and their families, are joining in on hands-on activities at Sugarlands Visitor Center, high school students will have the opportunity to participate in a citizen science project. The Park plans to offer more high school volunteer opportunities this summer. This is one of a number of Park educational programs which are funded out of a $1 million grant from Toyota through the Friends of the Smokies.

Published April 15, 2011

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