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Juniors, seniors can earn college credits by picking habitat areas for research

COURTESY PHOTO: GLADSTONE SCHOOL DISTRICT - Gladstone High School student Emilee Cromwell's project involved studying the Crater Lake habitat.Gladstone High School juniors and seniors in Paige O'Dell's environmental science class are studying biomes, the naturally occurring communities of plants and animals that occupy a particular habitat, such as a forest, tundra or desert.

In projects potentially earning college credit from Oregon Tech, each student picked a specific biome to research, then presented their findings to one another. This included climate graphs for their specific biome, a list of plants and animals that live there and which are endangered, whether soil composition is good for agriculture, and whether the biome was terrestrial or aquatic. "I thought the project was pretty fun and entertaining to learn about the different biomes and the plants and animals that live there," said student Emilee Cromwell. 


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