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    Southridge High School sophomore Brevin Sternberg used a Biltmore stick to measure the density of a tree at the Jeffers Nature Preserve in Huntingburg as he and other freshmen and sophomores in Melissa Boeglin's biology class used their new advanced forestry field kits to collect data Tuesday. The field kits, donated through fundraising by the Dubois County Community Foundation, will allow the Southridge students to use their biology skills outside the classroom. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Southridge High School sophomore Brevin Sternberg used a Biltmore stick to measure the density of a tree at Jeffers Nature Preserve in Huntingburg as he and other freshmen and sophomores in Melissa Boeglin's biology class used their new advanced forestry field kits to collect data Tuesday. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Southridge High School sophomore Maria Nuñez used equipment from the school's newly acquired advanced forestry field kits to measure the sunlight infiltrating through the trees in the Jeffers Nature Preserve in Huntingburg on Tuesday. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Southridge High School freshman Kaitlin Pund, left, wrote down measurements as sophomore Maria Rocha checked the tree canopy's density in Jeffers Nature Preserve using a densimeter from the school's newly acquired advanced forestry field kits Tuesday. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Southridge High School freshman Kaitlin Pund, left, sophomore Maria Rocha, and freshman Michaela Fehribach jokingly hugged the trees they were measuring at the Jeffers Nature Preserve in Huntingburg during their biology class field trip Tuesday. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Southridge High School biology teacher Melissa Boeglin laughed as freshman Alexandria Rader talked about the possible origins of a bone she had discovered in the Jeffers Nature Preserve during the class's field trip Tuesday. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Southridge High School sophomore Brevin Sternberg lay back in the vegetation after he and his group finished their measurements in a nearby area during their biology class field trip to Jeffers Nature Preserve on Tuesday. Matthew Busch/The Herald