Baltimore Ecosystem Study Institute of Ecosystem Studies

2015 BES Annual Meeting Presentation and Poster Abstracts

Baltimore Ecosystem Study - Young Environmental Scientists Program
Caplan, Bess
Co-Authors: Ronald Ashton III, Joy Loise Djeuf, Cameron Potts, Elijah McDaniels, Nile Walker, Bess Caplan, Marc Johnson, Samantha Keane, Chris Swan

Abstract: During the summer of 2015, the Baltimore Ecosystem Study piloted a new student field research program called the Baltimore Ecosystem Study - Young Environmental Scientists (BES YES) Program. One Baltimore City Public School middle school student and four high school students participated in a five-week, intensive ecological field experience working alongside educators and scientists to pilot three field protocols: 1) pollinator and plant presence in vacant lots; 2) stream habitat assessments at BES stream study locations; and 3) mosquito counts in a west Baltimore neighborhood. The students were part of the Parks & People Foundation's BRANCHES program where in addition to their field duties, they received enrichment programming including team building and financial literacy. The high school students were paid for their time through a partnership with the Baltimore City YouthWorks program while the middle school student received student service learning hours, a requirement for high school graduation. This poster presents a summary of the BES YES program with data results from the pollinator and plant study.