Amy Schmer - Wildlife Habitat Improvement

Six students attended the 2013 STEM Institute at Preston Middle School to learn about invasive species at Colorado State University's Environmental Learning Center. They worked with Eli, a summer intern, to map, research, and develop proposals to remove invasive species as well as increase the percentage of native plants between the Rigden Farm ditch and the Poudre River.

Through observations and soil testing, students proposed reducing the PH from 8 to 6 and increase the nitrogen levels, allowing native plants to thrive and compete successfully with invasive plants. If this works, no herbicides will be needed which reduces the risk substantially to the groundwater, surface water, and the workers applying the spray.

Real Students, Real Science, Real Results.

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Amy Schmer - Wildlife Habitat Improvement

Preston Middle School

Amy Schmer's sixth grade science students at Preston Middle School (Fort Collins, Colorado) are focused on improving wildlife habitat at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch (sylvandale.com) near Loveland, Colorado.

This multi-year project started in September


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Amy Schmer's sixth grade science students at Preston Middle School (Fort Collins, Colorado) are focused on improving wildlife habitat at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch (sylvandale.com) near Loveland, Colorado.

This multi-year project started in September of 2011 and is supported through the International Telementor Program (telementor.org). Students are supported by mentor professionals from around the world.

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