Aspiring Scientists Complete Water Testing For DEC

On Friday, May 26th, an intrepid group of aspiring scientists braved rain and cold to trek through river and forest in the name of science. The Springville-Griffith AP Biology class traveled to Sprague Brook Park in order to complete water quality testing for the DEC. Students (consisting of 10 seniors and 2 juniors) participated in a naturalist’s scavenger hunt, foraging in the undergrowth and leaving no stone unturned in search of arthropods, dicot plants, and fungi. After this the students, directed by their teacher Mrs. Eunice Reinhold, spent over an hour and a half collecting chemical samples and classifying macro-organisms found in Sprague Brook Stream. Partway through, something appeared in the sky. A friendly drone hovered over the students capturing the amazing birds eye footage of the project. Once the students had gathered all effective data, they analyzed their findings and sent the results of the stream’s environmental health to the DEC. After their hard work the students lunched on a variable feast which included an abundance of homemade chocolate chip cookies. Cold, tired, but happy and wet, the mighty group of naturalists boarded their bus and returned home after what had been an exciting day of field work. (Juliana Kraft – AP Bio Student)