Temple’s Ambler Field Station Welcomes Upper Dublin Students Studying the Spotted Lanternfly

Image via Brent Baum, Temple News.
At the Temple Forest Observatory’s research site, Upper Dublin High School students measure trees and seek out lanternfly egg masses.

The Temple Ambler campus recently hosted Upper Dublin High School students who are taking an AP environmental science class, reports Brent Baum for Temple News.

Upper Dublin students had a taste of work in the field as they donned hard hats and safety jackets and vests for a class trip to the Ambler Field Station, where they learned safety protocols and collect data that would be used in the station’s databases.

The visit included the Temple Forest Observatory (TFO), forest trails and focal trees where spotted lanternfly egg laying behavior takes place. The AP environmental science students broke off into smaller groups and began to collect data.

The students learned about the life cycle and egg-laying behavior of the spotted lanternfly by identifying old as well as fresh egg masses on trees. Students collected data on the tree and the egg mass locations.

“Our natural environments serve as a platform for research and educational opportunities, particularly for students who are interested in biology, ecology, environmental science and sustainability, to step into their textbooks and learn outside of the classroom setting,” said Amy Freestone, associate professor in the Department of Biology at Temple and the director of the Temple Ambler Field Station.

Read more about this field trip with Upper Dublin students to the Temple Ambler Field Station at Temple News.