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Do you enjoy being outdoors in the winter? Are you available from 3:00 pm-5:30 pm? If so, why not sign up to help Dr. Joshua Rapp of the University of Massachusetts collect data for a research project he is conducting at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore? Dr. Rapp is investigating how climate affects the culture and ecology of sugar maple trees, and he is utilizing the help of volunteer citizen scientists. Staff from Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the Great Lakes Research and Education Center are looking for volunteers who live within a 30 minute drive of Porter, Indiana, who are interested in collecting data for this project on one or more afternoons each week from early February through approximately mid-March.
No experience is necessary. Training sessions will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 1 and 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 4. People may attend either session. The training sessions will begin indoors at the Bailly/Chellberg Contact Station on Mineral Springs Road, and will move outdoors to the actual sugar bush research site. Participants should wear boots and dress for the weather.
The Bailly/Chellberg Contact Station is located adjacent to the Bailly Homestead/Chellberg Farm parking lot on Mineral Springs Road, just north of U.S. 20. For more additional information about this volunteer opportunity, call 219-395-1987. For information about other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call or visit our website and our Facebook page.