CREW offers a unique high school education program called Scientists for the Future that involves an overnight adventure at CREW. After three years, the program has become extremely popular among the local schools. For a nominal fee, students engage in hands-on activities using high tech equipment and performing real techniques used to save endangered plants and animals from extinction. This program perfectly complements a variety of classes (biology, botany, zoology, life sciences, conservation).
In the lab, students use model plant species to practice in vitro techniques used to collect and propagate US endangered plants using plant tissue culture. Students learn the use of laparoscopic instruments in assisted reproduction such as in vitro fertilization, artificial insemination and embryo transfer. Students use in-house surveillance systems to monitor behavioral interactions between parent and offspring of endangered species in CREW’s assisted reproduction program.
Evaluations from the students and teachers have been very positive and the program is highly recommended.