Last Wednesday morning (before all the storms), there was a WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) and TIES (Teaching and Inspiring Environmental Stewardship) outing at Saginaw Forest for highschool students to become familiarized with environmental sciences in the setting of the forest. The activities were led by Prof. Ines Ibanez and her lab:
Unfortunately, thunderstorms cut their visit to the forest short, and (thanks to Weather Underground's animated weather maps) everyone was able to get out of the forest minutes before the downpours started. Still, I really do hope that things like this are done in the future, since I think that it is important to ensure that future scientists and engineers do learn something about the "natural environment" and stewardship of it as well as ensuring that the future population of scientists and engineers contain a greater diversity of viewpoints, thanks to an increased number of women in the ranks.
Use of the Forest
Public use of Saginaw Forest is encouraged. Rules for the public's use include (but are not limited to):
- No parking in front of the access gate.
- Public use hours are from 6am to 6pm only; no camping on the site!
- No vehicles or bicycles are permitted on the site except those for approved research and teaching use (bike parking available at the main gate).
- Dogs with owners are welcome to visit, but they must be on a leash. (Also see here.)
- Dog owners must carry out all pet waste; please bring your own doggie bag to do so.
- No cutting or collecting of plant material; no hunting or harming vertebrates (this includes no fishing).
- No smoking.