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The Natural Inquirer Student Scientist edition was developed as part of the Forest Service's More Kids in the Woods Initiative. Using Natural Inquirer in two high school classrooms, the journals were first used to teach students at the Henry Ford Academy in Dearborn, Michigan to read and write actual scientific papers. The students then developed, conducted, and wrote up their own research. Their research was conducted on a natural area near the school's campus. This area is known as the Oxbow (or Oxbow Island) because it contains an oxbow lake which is connected on one end to the Rouge River.