What a day! We trekked to Wakulla Springs this morning with Dr. Marcy Cockrell, a NASEM Gulf Research Program Science Policy Fellow, from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Dr. Cockrell guided us through a trail walk where we learned about the ecology of the area and how all the flora and fauna work together in a beautiful balance. After our hike, some of us took a dip in the cool, clear 70-degree water of the spring bowl, and others opted to refresh themselves with a bite or two of ice cream. We then hopped aboard a boat tour of the springs where we witnessed firsthand the wonderful biodiversity of the Wakulla River, including manatees, anhingas, egrets, alligators, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon (joke!). Exhausted and content, we returned to the MagLab after a wonderful end to the week. What a fantastic first week it has been! Can’t wait to be back at it on Monday!