Members of Clayton State University’s SEEDS (Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity, and Sustainability) chapter and students from the University’s BIOL2500 Introductory Plant Biology and BIOL3500 Ecology classes volunteered at Reynolds Nature Preserve on Feb. 21 as part of Reynolds’ annual Ivy Pull.
The event marked the fourth year that Clayton State students and faculty volunteered to control the spread of the invasive species English Ivy and Privet from Reynolds Nature Preserve. Included in the Clayton State contingent were SEEDS advisor and the instructor of both BIOL2500 and BIOL3500, Dr. Jere Boudell, along with SEEDS co-advisor Dr. Joshua Parker and Dr. Barbara Musolf (advisor of the University’s Beta Beta Beta chapter). Dr. Helen Brown, long time Natural Sciences faculty member and now emeritus faculty, also joined in the Ivy Pull. Others present for the Ivy Pull included community volunteers and members of the Master Gardeners group. The Clayton State SEEDS chapter is a chapter of the ESA (Ecological Society of America) SEEDS program.
“Participating students not only helped their community, but interacted with faculty and Reynolds Preserve members, asking questions about plants, ecology, and the local wildlife,” notes Boudell.