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University of Kansas - EEB Graduate Student Outreach Committee

The University of Kansas Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Student Outreach Committee is a group of graduate students dedicated to communicating science to the public in a fun and engaging manner. Our committee is comprised of students that are broadly studying Ecology and/or Evolutionary Biology with interests including aquatic food webs, invertebrate evolution, sexual selection, epigenetic mechanisms, parasite taxonomy, paleoecology, bioinformatics, and phylogenetics. 

Location: Workshops can be conducted on KU campus or members of the committee are willing to travel within an hour driving distance from Lawrence KS.

Cost Per Girl: Suggested $1 donation 
Cost Per Adult: N/A

Registration Requirements (for all programs listed below):  All girls participating as a Girl Scout in this activity must be registered Girl Scout members. If attending as a troop, all volunteers also need to be registered members and/or have completed and approved background checks. If non-registered individuals (adults or tags) are allowed to participate in this activity supplemental insurance is required. Use the Insurance Purchase Form to purchase insurance at least 3 weeks prior to the event. Completed forms can be emailed to

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Nature Walk with KU Naturalists

 Daisy   Brownie   Junior   Cadette   Senior   Ambassador

KU graduate students will lead Girl Scouts on a nature walk around the Hidden Valley campground (Lawrence, KS), or another nature area closer to your troop's home base. We will discover the biodiversity of NE Kansas/NW Missouri on a casual and exploratory nature walk. Girl Scouts will learn how to use field guides to identify what they observe in the wild. They will also learn how naturalists find, capture, and preserve specimens such as plants, animals, insects, and fossils. Using what they have learned, Girl Scouts will create their own field guide notebook. Content will be adjusted for the ages and interests of the participating troop. Please wear closed-toed shoes. Long pants are recommended. (Length: 1-2 hours)​

How to Register:  Email Emily Arsenault at to set up the details.

Badge Connections: Brownie Hiker, Junior Flowers, Cadette Trees, Senior Sky
Journey Connections: Daisy Between Earth & Sky


DNA Extraction and Exploration

 Junior   Cadette   Senior   Ambassador

In this exercise, KU graduate students will lead Girl Scouts through a simple extraction of their own DNA, which they can take home with them! The graduate student leaders will also introduce the concept of genomics/genetics to students, and what they can teach us about ourselves, our health, and the diversity of life on earth. Content will be adjusted for the age of the troop level participating.  (Length: ~1 hr) 

How to Register: Email Anna Klompen at to set up.


Meet a Marine Biologist

 Brownie   Junior   Cadette   Senior   Ambassador 

Brownies can enjoy this activity as part of their Wonders of Water Journey but the event is available for troops from all levels. KU graduate students in the marine sciences will give short presentations on their biology research and will then open up the floor for questions from Girl Scouts about their research as well as general marine biology career information. Presenters will bring specimens from their research for students to look at after the talks are over, as well as a group activity where girls will sort some of these specimens into major animal groups so they get a first-hand look at what marine biologists work on. Exact research topics may vary per date but may include jellyfish and their relatives and the parasites of sharks and rays! Content will be adjusted for the age of the troop level participating.  (Length: 45min-1hr)

How to Register: Email Anna Klompen at to set up details.


Animal Habitat Badge Workshop


​Come earn your Animal Habitat badge! This workshop is led by the graduate students of the Aquatic Ecology Lab at the University of Kansas. Girl Scouts will learn about the adaptations that fish and invertebrates need to be able to survive in the aquatic environments of rivers and lakes. There are two different options for this workshop: we can take a trip to a local stream or pond, where the Girl Scouts can explore and collect organisms within their natural habitat, or troops can visit our lab at the University of Kansas, where we will interact with live aquatic organisms (collected prior to the start of the workshop), and work on a fish art project to take home. (Length: 1-2 hours)​​

How to Register: ​Email Emily Arsenault at to set up the details.

Badge Connections: Junior Animal Habitats