Two hundred fifty children from Northeast Alabama middle schools will become honorary biologists and have the opportunity to study Terrapin Creek near Piedmont in May 2013, thanks to a $7,000 grant awarded to four Jacksonville State University biology professors by Legacy, Inc. Partners in Environmental Education. The $7,000 grant, awarded to investigators Dr. Lori Tolley-Jordan, Dr. Jimmy Triplett, Dr. Mark Meade and Dr. Chris Murdock, is entitled “Active Science for Active Minds."
The goal of this project is to help children understand Alabama’s river systems by participating in a hands-on study. Participants will receive a field guide that lists pictures and descriptions of commonly found invertebrates, fishes, reptiles, and plants in the Terrapin Creek watershed. During each workshop, students will divide into “research teams” and study fish collecting/identification, invertebrate collection/identification and water chemistry, riparian plant collecting/identification, and reptile/amphibian collection/identification.