Educational experiences are wide ranging at the MBFS. The station has been used extensively
by several departments at the University of Memphis to conduct courses, which have
a strong field study and laboratory analysis component.
Local elementary schools have been invited to the MBFS to investigate flora and fauna.
Several faculty in Department of Biological Sciences have provided weekend educational
tours on the natural history of the Chicksaw Bluffs. These events have attracted local
community members and individuals from the city of Memphis.
University Educational Experiences
The Department of Biological Sciences uses the field station to teach classes during
the summer semester. These courses incorporate lecture, data collection in the surrounding
environments, and laboratory analysis onsite at the MBFS. Several courses, including
those from the Dept. of Geography, use the MFBS as a staging site for numerous class
field projects along the surrounding floodplain rivers. Several instructors have established long-term study sites that are revisted each
year or each semester. The long-term study sites will continue to produce data of
relevance to other studies and these data will be made available to other researchers
and classes upon request.
Local Schools and Community Educational Experiences
The Department of Biological Sciences has been involved in providing experiential
learning events for students from local schools and for individuals from the Memphis
metropolitan area. Several different trails on the MBFS property explore the habitats
often encountered in western Tennessee. Shelby State Forest has also permitted extensive
use of their properties in these learning events.