Ms. Dixie Mayer, 4th grade science teacher with Comanche ISD, organized the event with generous help from Curtis Stahnke, principal, many other Comanche Elementary teachers, and faculty from Tarleton State University. Elementary students participated in activities that examined aquatic, quail, tree, and whitetail deer populations along the river at Timberlake Biological Station near Goldthwaite, Texas. Numerous parent volunteers helped supervise the students. Students and their parent volunteers had a picnic lunch under the pavilion at the station and enjoyed a hands-on science activity in a natural setting.
Since the generous donation of the property by Lamar and Marilyn Johanson, Tarleton State University (TSU) has established a biological field station at the site in Mills County. Timberlake Biological Field Station is directed by Associate Professor, Dr. Chris Higgins at Tarleton and is not only used for research but for field trips and classes of college and public school students. Dr. Higgins has worked to make the ranch a certified field site for the Texas Aquatic Science program. Dr. Victoria Chraibi coordinates and teaches Aquatic Science education activities at the station. Dr. Allan Nelson, Department Head and Professor at TSU and two graduate students, Austin Kaulfus and Leah Woolam, who do research at the station, also helped with the activities.
|Comanche 4th grade boys investigating a quail kill station during a Quail Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) lesson with 4th grade teacher, Dixie Mayer.|
|Comanche 4th grade girls learning about aquatic life in the Colorado River with Dr. Victoria Chraibi and graduate student, Leah Woolam.|