In this two-day, two-night program, students explore areas of the Cleveland National Forest as field scientists, making observations and utilizing critical thinking skills to construct conclusions within each ecosystem. Field research may include: identifying plants, collecting specimens, investigating microhabitats, collecting data for abiotic factors, and more. The program includes three daytime rotations of the teacher's choice, two evening programs (Nocturnal Investigation and Skit Night), as well as a student-led field investigation of their choice, and a research symposium. Students develop and exercise scientific practices including: observing, communicating, inferring, interpreting data, identifying and classifying. Students practice scientific inquiry by analyzing patterns and studying cause-and-effect relationships to create a foundation that allows them to develop disciplinary core ideas. Connecting ocean science programming is available at Ocean Institute for an additional cost.