A wetlands research workshop offered through the University of New Orleans Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences provided an opportunity for eight high school students to gain hands-on insight into the Mississippi River and coastal wetlands.

Dinah Maygarden, of the Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences, was director of the three-day workshop, which included visits to the Caernarvon Freshwater Diversion Project, Bayou Sauvage Refuge and Lake Borgne. The students, from John Curtis Christian High School, St. Mary's Dominican High School and John Ehret High School, sampled water quality and sediment; identified wetland plants and invertebrates; and evaluated the effect of controlled burns on the diversity of grass species.