Headwaters Science Institute works with North Tahoe middle schoolers to study sugar pines

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Students from North Tahoe Middle School measure the diameter of a sugar pine tree trunk during a recent research project with Headwaters Science Institute.
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In mid October, local science education nonprofit Headwaters Science Institute worked with students from North Tahoe Middle School to study sugar pines.

This program, which was a partnership with the Sugar Pine Foundation, aimed to get students interested in their local forests, and begin to understand a major threat to their health: an invasive fungus called white pine blister rust. During the program, 100 students worked with mentors and scientists to develop projects to study the pine trees, and then engaged in a replanting effort with the Sugar Pine Foundation.

Headwaters Science Institute creates inquiry-based science programs for students at schools and field sites. Its mission is to cultivate engaged, curious citizens, through science education. Headwaters programs build curiosity by empowering students to create their own research.

Funding for Headwaters’ programs is made possible through generous donations, grants, and key community partnerships. This program was funded by the Martis Camp Community Foundation and Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation.

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