Scientists and Citizens
National Parks are the nation’s laboratories for scientific investigations. Scientist Ed DeWalt, Illinois Natural History Survey, and visiting scientist, Fei Xiong, compare aquatic insect populations in Sleeping Bear Dunes to systems outside of the park in order to determine how well parks protect natural resources. Dr. DeWalt relies on a network of volunteers who help catalog the collections. Student volunteers gain valuable insight into the workings of environmental science. The Great Lakes Research and Education Center provides the support for both Dr. DeWalt’s work and the participation of student volunteers.