High School Volunteer Research
Woodcock Nature Center is looking for local high school students who want to do research projects on our property! This is an excellent opportunity for students looking to gain valuable college resume builders, and developing scientific skills! Do not pass it up if you’re interested in majoring in the field of science!
We already have projects underway, but you can also create a study about whatever interests you! There is no obligation on our end. Just an opportunity for you to practice the scientific method to discover the answers to what inspires you! All you need to come with with a question about something in nature. Our educator Sam Nunes will be there to help you along the way!
This is a FREE OPPORTUNITY for anyone in grades 9-12
If you’re interested, send an email to Sam Nunes at and describe the question you have or project you might want to do. If you don’t have an idea, Sam can help you zero in on what might work best for you!
Invasive Phragmites Mitigation -- Phragmites is an invasive plant in Connecticut. Now it is taking up a lot of wetland habitat space and contributing nothing back to the environment. What impact does cutting down the phragmites stems have on the local population density of the species, and can we find a way to use this plant to human's benefit?
Cattail Hydroponics - Cattail is a very beneficial native plant that is being out-competed for space by invasive phragmites. Using water with nutrients from snapping turtle waste in our nature center, is it possible to grow cattails indoors? What type of soil is most effective? Can these plants be planted along our pond to boost the population numbers?
Tree Population Density -- How many trees are in our forest? How many of each species are in our forest? Are some species found more in one location than another? What is the common species in our forest? Through the use of quadrats and tallying, we can estimate the total number of trees at Woodcock Nature Center and find answers to the rest of those questions as well! The answers may surprise you!
Vernal Pool Study – Help WNC monitor the health and productivity of our vernal pools on the property. Measure biodiversity, population density, water quality and more! These pools are highly productive and important parts of our ecosystem and it benefits WNC greatly to monitor their health!
Trail Camera Study – There are many species of animals on the Woodcock Nature Center preserve. Many we see, and many we don’t. Trail cameras help us to keep track of who is coming and going when we are not around, and how it changes throughout the year! This project helps WNC learn about the biodiversity of our ecosystem