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Field Biology students in Dr. Laurence Meissner's class at Concordia University Texas went on an outdoor learning adventure to explore the unique ecosystems of central Texas recently. Most of the time was spent at Guadalupe River State Park, north of San Antonio, studying wildlife, identifying conservation concerns and discussing environmental stewardship responsibilities.
The group also toured the Balcones Canyonlands preserve near Austin, which was the site of a major fire in 2011. After studying the effect of the fire and early regrowth of vegetation in the burn area, the group participated in a service project to remove the highly invasive Malta starthistle.
Joining them on the trip was Al Boos, father of CTX alumna Katie Boos and manager of the HEB store in Lavernia, who sponsored the trip by offsetting food costs for the group.
More information about Concordia's environmental science program:
Concordia is the proud steward of the 250-acre Concordia Preserve, adjacent to the main campus in northwest Austin. Students in the environmental science program use this as a living laboratory for research and learning. Additional tours of nature areas in Texas including the Friesenhahn Cave site enhance student learning and add unique opportunities for students in Concordia's science programs.