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Join Us for Volunteer Earthworm Sampling

Join us to learn about how invasive earthworms are affecting your Northern forests and help us collected valuable data in some beautiful places

Please register ahead of time so we can be prepared to give you a full and enjoyable experience. Sampling days will typically start early, ~8am, and go until late afternoon ~4-5pm. Long and steep hiking may be involved so be prepared for a full day in the woods. Dress in layers, wear closed toe boots or shoes and bring water, lunch, snacks and bug repellent if necessary. You need to provide your own transportation to the park or study area. Get a group of friends to carpool making it a “green” experience too!

We will provide all the supplies and instruction needed to do the sampling.

Volunteer earthworm sampling in North Shore State Parks.

Field sampling dates include:
September 15-18th, 21-25th and September27th – October 3rd

Dr. Cindy Hale and her project coordinator, Ryan Hueffmeier, along with Minnesota Conservation Crews and UMD students will be conducting earthworm surveys in all 8 North Shore State Parks (Jay Cooke, Gooseberry Falls, Split Rock, Tettegouche, George Crosby Manitou, Temperance River, Cascade River and Judge Magney). Join us for a day (or more) in one of your favorite state parks to help conduct earthworm sampling. We will be posting dates for each park as they become available but if you are interesting in participating, let us know now so we can include you in the planning!

To volunteer for the North Shore Parks project, contact Ryan Hueffmeier

Volunteer earthworm sampling on the Chippewa National Forests

Field sampling dates include September 17th-21st

Dr. Cindy Hale, her colleagues Dr. Kyungsoo Yoo from the University of Delaware, Dr. Anthony Aufdenkampe from Stroud Water Research Center in Pennsylvania, and their graduate students will be conducting field work examining the impacts of invasive earthworm species on soil organic and mineral processes. Join us for a day (or more) of earthworm sampling and you'll probably learn more about science and soils than you would ever have dreamed. Be prepared to perhaps sweat and swat a few bugs too, but all in the name of science!

To volunteer, contact Ryan Hueffmeier

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