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Science students get lessons in the field

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By Lita Weingart, CMHS Science Teacher

On April 13th, Chiefland Middle High School science students from Stacy Drummond and Lita Weingart’s classes went on a field trip to visit the new University of Florida Nature Coast Biological Station in Cedar Key.

Our schools superintendent, Jeff Edison, took time out of his busy schedule to help chaperone our trip. We were given a tour of the new research facility and students got to talk with scientists about the research they are conducting.

Students also visited Joe Rains Beach and, with the assistance of UF scientist Hannah Healy and educational specialist Katherine Hellgren, collected and identified local marine life using a seine net.

In addition, the students conducted a transect study to determine the amount of biodiversity found on the shoreline.

We would like to thank Mr. Edison for spending the day with us and the UF personnel for sharing their expertise. A great time was had by all!