The Homeschool Institute of Science is working with Washington State University soil agronomist Dr. Isaac Madsen to develop a field and lab research project investigating black elderberry (Sambucus nigra-cerulea). This shrub or understory tree serves as a vital resource for wildlife and is increasingly interesting to horticulturists and wild food enthusiasts as well.
Our first field outing was held in early July, 2020. We plan for two more over the course of this first summer. This project exposes students to on-the-ground hypothesis development, experimental design, and preliminary data analysis. These skills are priceless for a STEM interested young person and hard to get outside of a true research project like this. Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.