Neosho County or Bust (April 25-27)
Outdoor experiences have and continue to inspire and enhance our interest in the biological sciences. Unlike many of you I grew up in Kansas City without access to a diverse fauna and flora. I do remember playing in a neighborhood creek and collecting crinoid fossils from behind what was Milgram’s Groceries at state line and 103rd. My most memorable natural experiences derive from our annual family canoe trips in the pristine and protected waters of southern Missouri. I would hound my father to canoe ahead of everyone else and steer me from one bank to the other so that I would have the best chance of observing and capturing the common map turtles that are frequently found basking on logs along the shore.
If we want to inspire and motivate our students, we need to facilitate similar experiences (even James Watson began with an interest in ornithology). Participation in the Kansas Herpetological Societies annual spring and fall field trips can provide an avenue for providing such experiences.