Outdoor Study Benefits Biology Majors at William Woods

Biology majors at William Woods University made the outdoors their classroom recently when they participated in the third annual WWU Biology Majors Retreat.

Twenty-nine students and five members of the science faculty attended the retreat Sept.13-15 at the Reis Biological Field Station located near Steelville, Mo. Reis is on a large secluded track of land nearby the Ozark’s Mark Twain Forest and it features a large lodge, activity building and cabins.

Activities for the students during the three-day event included a scavenger hunt, several field trips, bird, animal and plant identification, and canoeing on the Huzzah and Meramec Rivers.

Upperclassmen helped freshmen and sophomores develop their coursework schedules. Evening activities included cookouts and relaxation, but centered around academic and professional development, such as attending scientific presentations by fellow biology students.

According to Jim Wilson, biology instructor, a major benefit of the event is for students to get to know each other and develop a camaraderie.

Kayla Higgins, a junior from Houstonia, Mo., said that the canoe trip was her favorite activity, commenting that “it was especially neat seeing a hog nosed sucker fish.”

Bobby Candee, a sophomore from Crocker, Mo., said that field trips are an effective learning experience. “I really enjoy learning while out in nature.”


Emily Thomasson of Madison, Tenn., takes in the scenery at the Huzzah River.