Activities Offered for Dual Enrolled High Schools
Glacier Creek Preserve Grassland Ecology Lab (Fall semester primarily)
Students will study ecosystem interactions by investigating the effects of fire frequency and season on multiple biotic and abiotic grassland variables. Teachers may also use this opportunity to discuss other relevant topics such as successional stages and effects of disturbance on abundance and diversity of various grassland organisms. This field experience takes approximately 2-4 hours depending on number of students, individual interests, and time limitations.
DNA Fingerprint Analysis Lab (Late fall semester, spring semester)
Students will come to the UNO campus, where they will learn about the uniqueness of DNA while practicing pipetting skills, restriction enzyme digestion, agarose gel electrophoresis, and additional methodology of DNA analysis. The lab, which simulates a real life example of forensics and illustrates the level of skill needed for molecular work, is in line with Investigation 9 of the revised AP Biology Investigative Labs (2012). Participating instructors and students are invited to gain an in depth experience in our Molecular Biology Lab here at UNO. Pre- and post- lab material are included to enhance and expand understanding.The on-campus activity takes approximately 4.5-6 hours depending on time constraints and optional additional activities. If time permits, students may be given a tour of the UNO Biology Department, Criss Library, MSLC Tutoring Center, and have lunch provided in the Milo Bail Student Center. Certain options may be discussed to shorten the laboratory activity if neccessary. Alternatively, groups with significant time and/or travel constraints may choose to conduct this lab in their own school, in which case our Biology Dual Enrollment Coordinator will provide supplies, instruction, and guidance.
Request a Lab Date
When submitting a field trip request, please allow a minimum of two-weeks notice, indicate the number of students you wish to accommodate and the particular activity you are interested in. Please provide at least two potential dates that would work best with your schedule. Prairie field trips are primarily offered in the fall semester. On-campus DNA labs will be available in late fall and spring semesters, and are primarily offered on Mondays and Fridays.
Substitute teacher and transportation costs for field trips will be reimbursed if invoices are submitted to the Dual Enrollment Coordinator within 30 days of the event. Your school should create an invoice billing UNO for the amount you are seeking compensation, accompanied by the original invoice(s) for relevant expenses. Late requests may not be eligible for compensation.