Restoring Fossil Creek
At 6 A.M. on the first day of winter break, a van full of high school stu- dents and teachers set out for Fossil Creek in Arizona to conduct measurements for an ongoing environmental project (which monitors changes to the creek). The group had a long day ahead—hiking about 7 km down to Fossil Creek, wading in cold water to re- trieve samples, and carrying about 13 kg of wet sample bags back up the trail. Later that day, collected samples were analyzed in an aquatic biology lab at Northern Arizona Uni- versity (NAU). That cold, winter day ended with students saying that participating in the project was a great way to begin winter break.