Tree tour created by Cameron student named as finalist for Eye Candy Awards

A tree tour designed by Cameron University student Mona Bevington is a finalist for the 2011 Eye Candy Awards competition sponsored by the Lawton Enhancement Trust Authority (LETA) and Lawton Beautiful, Inc. Bevington’s educational tree tour at Lawton’s Museum of the Great Plains is under consideration for the Community Project Award. Winners will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 1.

Bevington, a senior biology education major from Altus, created a tree tour for the museum as a class project last spring. The tour incorporates 20 different species of trees, each selected for their ethnobotanical, economic and/or aesthetic value.

“Projects such as Mona’s tree tour provide outreach products for the community of southwest Oklahoma,” says Dr. Michael Dunn, an associate professor of biological sciences who advised Bevington on the project. “Each biology education major designs and conducts a scientific research project with an educational focus. These projects give Cameron students experience at putting solid science into the classroom and/or designing projects that enhance the quality of life in the region. It is gratifying that Mona is receiving this recognition for her project.”

Cameron University and the Museum of the Great Plains partnered to make the tree tour possible. Cameron provides brochures for the museum to distribute, and the museum provided individual markers for each tree.

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November 15, 2011

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