CROSBY – Join Unlimited Learning at 1:30 p.m. on August 8 to learn about the exciting climate change research being conducted by the USDA Forest Service in Grand Rapids.
The program will take place in the Forum Room at Crosby-Ironton High School.
Randall Kolka, the presenter, is the lead SPRUCE scientist for the US Forest Service. The fee is $5 for non-members and it’s free for members.
SPRUCE researchers have researched climate change and how it can affect a northern bog region and surrounding ecosystems. Inside a 26-foot-tall open-top chamber, dozens of high-tech instruments collect information about the plants, soil, water and air in its 1-acre patch of wet bog. 000 square feet. SPRUCE’s goal is to help us understand how climate change will affect northern Minnesota’s vast expanses of forested peatlands – vast wetlands that are home to millions of spruce and tamarack trees, dense carpets of moss, and a variety of birds and wild animals.
At 9 a.m. on August 22, Unlimited Learning will also host a field trip to SPRUCE in Grand Rapids for anyone interested in seeing first-hand the research done by SPRUCE.
The group will leave the Crosby-Ironton High School parking lot at 9:00 a.m. and arrive at the station at 11:00 a.m. to meet Kolka, who will guide the group through the facility. Prepare a lunch bag. There will be a sign-up sheet at the August 8 presentation for those wishing to carpool to the Grand Rapids area field station. Participants are limited to 15.